Hot on the heels of their great Al-Arian victory, another triumph for dimwitted, dhimmi law enforcement. They were probably too worried about “profiling” to keep him in custody or charge him with anything. They don’t even seem to have paid any attention to where he was going with those explosive shoes, or why. Keystone Kops Alert: “EXCLUSIVE: Shoe Bomber Alert Preceded Airport Shooting Egyptian Man Had Been Stopped at New York Airport; Shoes Tested Positive for Explosive,” from ABCNews, with thanks to Mrs. Obelix:
Dec. 7, 2005 “” – Federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News they had been on the alert for a possible shoe bomber when a federal air marshal opened fire at the Miami International Airport today.
In today’s incident, an agitated passenger claiming to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a federal air marshal, officials said. No bomb was found.
Officials say a 50-year-old Egyptian man was stopped six days ago at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Sources say he had a suspicious pair of shoes that tested positive five times for the explosive substance TATP on the interior of his shoes between the heel and sole.
Federal officials say the man’s shoes are remarkably similar to those used by shoe bomber Richard Reid, who attempted to blow up an American Airlines jet over the Atlantic four years ago.
The Egyptian man’s destination was Des Moines, Iowa, sources say, and he claimed he was a student at Iowa State University in Ames.
Strangely, after holding him overnight, airport security in New York released him. The FBI was notified after he was released. Now the FBI has put out a nationwide alert.
Hey, that makes me feel safer.