Did anyone at British Airways ever think twice about hiring Rajib Karim? Of course not! That would have been “Islamophobic.” Better a plane gets blown up than that.
“Terror plot BA man Rajib Karim gets 30 years,” from the BBC, March 18 (thanks to Paul):
A former British Airways software engineer has been jailed for 30 years for plotting to blow up a plane.
Rajib Karim, 31, from Newcastle, used his job to access information for an al-Qaeda preacher based in Yemen to target BA’s flights in the US.
Sentencing him at Woolwich Crown Court, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said he was a committed jihadist who planned offences “about as grave as could be imagined”.
The judge said he had worked “incessantly” for terrorist purposes.
Karim, a Bangladeshi who had sought a British passport, had kept his true intentions secret from colleagues at BA, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith added.
He said Karim was a “willing follower” who could have brought serious harm and death to civilians had his planning with others come to anything….
The judge told the court: “The offences were of the utmost gravity. You are and were a committed jihadist who understood his duty to his religion involves fighting and, God-willing, dying and then being rewarded in the afterlife.
“It is a feature of this case that none of those who worked with you at British Airways had even the slightest notion of what was going on.”
The court had heard Karim hid his hatred for the West from colleagues by joining a gym, playing football and never airing extreme views.
At the same time he was using his access to the airline’s offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and at London’s Heathrow airport to pass on sensitive information.…
He and his brother had contacted radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, a key figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, saying they wanted to fight jihad overseas.
But Awlaki, a US-born preacher, persuaded Karim to stay at BA and find a way of getting a bomb on a plane, saying the IT worker could be the breakthrough al-Qaeda was looking for.
Karim agreed to work with Awlaki and said he would also look at whether he could crash BA’s computer systems, bringing chaos to international travel.
The father-of-one, who was raised in a middle-class family in Dhaka, was described as “mild-mannered, well-educated and respectful”….
I’m sure he is a decent fellow.