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The Real Terror Is at Home

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Passengers flying without luggage across continents should be laughed at.

Passengers paying for a plane ticket over $2,000 in CASH should have their backgrounds checked.

Passengers flying internationally without a passport should not be allowed on the plane.

The passenger who tried to set off a bomb on the Christmas Day flight achieved an amazing feat to get a seat on the plane and the most logical question should be asked and answered:


It wasn't the customer service representative at the counter. They would get fired for allowing someone like this onboard.

It wasn't the airline. They don't need the bad publicity that scares people from wanting to fly.

It wasn't the Obama Administration. They needed this incident like they needed a hole in their heads. It provides mud for Fox News to sling at them.

So who benefits?

The companies that make the machines that can detect the kind of underwear bomb this person used stand to make a profit. But they did not likely have the opportunity to get the man on the plane.

Who had the opportunity?

Someone who could pressure the intelligence and security leaders not to put the man on a "No Fly" list in spite of a call from the man's father warning the CIA about his son's "radicalization."

Someone who could talk the airline to "make an exception" for the man.

Someone familiar with using people as scapegoats to cause a scene that would embarrass Obama.

It would be logical to form an idea about a suspect for this case. But while political pundits talk about the suspect on the plane, our logic is suspended because the real culprit is out of our reach, helping to misdirect the investigation.

The truth loses again because the real terror is our own right here at home.

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Dean Hartwell's book, "Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11," reached the top of Amazon's charts for large print books on history. He has authored three others: "Facts Talk but the Guilty Walk:the 9/11 No Hijacker Theory and Its (more...)
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