American Airlines planes stored at Pittsburgh International Airport sit idle on a closed taxiway in Imperial, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
AMERICA TAUNTS TORNADOES & TERRORISTS
The USA Always REACTS to Attacks, Conducts Hearings and
Builds a Bigger Government After Politicians Declare a New War and Shoot Whistleblowers When They Can
By Capt Mark Estabrook (RET), jetPilots.com 17MAY2020
but we rarely prevent acts of terrorism. If Gordon Gecko was elected to the Senate, he might say "terrorism is good." But it is not.
There is a well known television commercial featuring a prominent emu and his handler in the promotion of "saving people" unneeded insurance premiums. The bird that resonates with me is a male peacock. It's my security bird, and he shows up whenever I spot security vulnerabilities. That's right. He is a bright male peacock strutting his colors at airports when the females go into heat. He represents lax security measures that attract terrorists, and terrorists are always in heat around our high value targets.
The Wuhan Virus War has been declared dozens of times after communist Red China (CCP) manufactured, concealed and distributed a lethal coronavirus that led to an international pandemic with the assistance of the World Health Organization (WHO). Never mind U.S. taxpayers contributed their hard-earned dollars to the WHO, there will be plenty of House hearings that never mention that fact. They will only emphasize that Trump's administration ceased American financial support for the WHO. The socialists (Democrats) think we taxpayers have only sympathy for Red China and the UN controlled WHO. My bet is Americans don't have one ounce of sympathy for the bastards. The Democrat globalist-constructed utopia always includes a dominant Red China that redistributes wealth, intellectual property and defense secrets from the USA to them. China is a cancer draining the intrinsic value of profit from the labor of capitalism. Making American workers compete with a communist state-controlled economy is insane. The same principle applied when H. Ross Perot famously quipped his "giant sucking sound" analogy referring to the NAFTA's impact on middle class American jobs heading south of the border.
Prior to the Wuhan virus pandemic, the airline industry already endured heavy losses after the corporate engineering culture at Boeing deemphasized actual pilot flying prowess and produced the highly automated version of the B-737 Max. No one wants to report on the camel's nose in the cockpit so I will do it here: a contributing cause of the accidents is an incremental exploitation of future drone technologies and software code in a system called MCAS. Boeing, at the request of airline operators, quietly design automatic "crashless" cockpits behind the pilots' backs while the FAA apparently didn't notice and the pilots who fly them didn't truly understand. This change in design philosophy actually started with the two-man B-737 when airlines asked Boeing to consolidate systems and remove the flight engineer position from future cockpit design. Pilots started being trained as "monitors" with less and less hands on flying and systems technology printed in their flight manuals. What really is going to happen in a pitot tube or static port failure and how MCAS is going to react was glossed over in the classroom training syllabi. Pilots flying the line rarely have a say in airline safety, training or aircraft design. The pilots I flew with wanted less automation but with each subsequent new aircraft generation, it only increased. Airlines already treat pilots as drones while the industry races forward to remove humans from the equation entirely. This problem is not going to get better... only worse.
So the hemorrhaging in worldwide airline revenue and wages were well established after mass groundings of Boeing's 737 Max.
Then here came the Democrat Party's darlings in Beijing that suffered Trump's notion that a trade agreement should be fair. Their trade delegation was at the White House signing ceremony while their virus was being transported via airline flights all over the world. The Wuhan Virus was China's trade response to the United States: the most powerful economy in the world was dismantled (but never destroyed).
In this political and economic environment, John Roach, an AccuWeather staff writer, brilliantly penned the following headline "Jetliners sidelined by pandemic 'sitting ducks' amid looming weather threat" on 15MAY2020. He issued a warning that a tornado could cause substantial losses. Instantly, my peacock showed up. Why a tornado? Does it have to be a tornado? Of course not. History is replete with American "sitting ducks," but apparently in this case I did "need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing."
Historians will argue for hundreds of years over the topic of whether Roosevelt had advanced intelligence on the Japanese attack. The Democrat Roosevelt never had to endure a House investigation on the matter. What is irrefutable is the United States officially entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Attacks have consequences.
On 12JAN1981, just eight days prior to the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, Marxist terrorists attacked and destroyed ten A-7D aircraft and a single F-104 at the Muñiz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico.
On 26FEB1993 the World Trade Center was attacked for the first time by
On 25JUN1996, a USAF housing complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia was destroyed killing 19 U.S. service members.
From my own personal experience, I have learned that the USA's "If you see something, Say something" campaign is a fraud. In fact, I am appealing the meaning of that motto to the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans. The question before them is does the motto have any Constitutional rights that are conveyed with it or is it purely a version of Aldous Huxley's Soma.
So what is the solution? It is simple: deterrence. It is often said that terrorism, like water, seeks a path of least resistance. Before we can deter terrorists, we must respect our enemy. We must never sell them short or assume they are less intelligent than us. They are very clever and persistent. Some may argue we shouldn't talk about national security issues "because we are giving them ideas." No, stop disrespecting your enemies. Stop treating them like idiots. I refer you to a presentation below on airline security by former FBI Director John Otto given to FedEx pilots shortly after 9-11 in which he advised at 4:49: "These guys are creatively thinking about how they can use aviation to accomplish their objectives for terrorism... to think creatively now is obligatory."
An American Airlines mechanic, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani plead guilty to sabotaging Flight 2834, bound for Nassau on 17JUL2019 at Miami International Airport. The Miami Herald reported that Alani was not charged with a terrorism-related offense and received a minuscule three-year-sentence, even after the FBI reported:
"Alani lied about taking a trip to Iraq in March to visit his brother. They also found out he told a fellow American Airlines employee in June that his brother had been kidnapped and was a member of the extremist Islamic group known as ISIS.
Prosecutors said Alani allowed the FBI to search his smartphone and agents found a “disturbing” ISIS video in which a person was being shot in the head, and that he sent the video to someone with an Arabic message asking “Allah” to take revenge against non-Muslims. In addition, they said Alani sent $700 to someone in Iraq, where he was born and has family."
These are the kinds of sentences that raise the hair on the back of pilots', flight attendants' and American passengers' necks. USA Today reported U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke said at the sentencing hearing that she "found no evidence to support allegations that Alani had links to the Islamic State extremist group or any terrorist organization." Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hummel also noted "investigators found 'no linkage' between Alani and any extremist groups. This is but one example of how government blinders have become institutionalized with respect to the prosecution of Islamic perpetrators. Apparently the DOJ has little respect for the American citizens who pay their wages and expect them to protect our Republic.