(Tea Party PAC) – Lots and lots of folks have been up in arms about President Trump’s now infamous order to keep folks from entering the United States if their country of origin happened to be a nation that supported radical Islamic terrorism.
Well, we now have an example of why such an order existed in the first place, which perhaps will finally convince some of those opposed to the measure see why so many of us supported it to begin with.
An American Airlines mechanic was recently charged with sabotaging a commercial flight. The country of origin for that mechanic? Iraq.
On Friday, federal court records revealed that Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani allegedly tampered with a navigation system on a plane filled with 150 passengers set to take off from Miami, Florida and bound for Nassau, the Bahamas on July 17.
Federal prosecutors allege that Alani put foam glue inside part of the plane’s navigation system. The alleged tampering was captured on surveillance footage that co-workers said showed Alani driving up to the part of the plane before takeoff and working on the compartment for seven minutes.
Alani told federal officials that he had no intention of harming the passengers on the flight and that he merely wanted the flight to be cancelled so he could receive overtime work in the midst of contract negotiations between his mechanics’ union and American Airlines.
A law enforcement official exclusively confirmed to Breitbart News that Alani first arrived in the U.S. from Iraq sometime in the mid-1980s. Alani came to the country as the spouse of an American citizen and eventually was able to become a naturalized American citizen himself in 1992.
Federal officials have charged Alani with interfering with an aircraft’s navigation system and he faces up to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.
Regardless of whether or not Alani’s excuse is true, the fact that someone would be willing to totally sabotage a plane like this, for any reason, is beyond terrifying. This guy surely should’ve known better.
However, given his country of origin and his religion, it’s not unreasonable for U.S. officials to want to dig into him, his family, and other background information to eliminate the possibility of their being some sort of terrorist ties that might have provided a bit of motivation for his actions.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in this particular incident thanks in large part to the fact that an error alarm went off, which was apparently Alani’s design all along. Again, this guy himself may not be a terrorist, but who’s to say the next person who comes to this country from Iraq won’t be?
Things would be a little easier to deal with if we knew Middle Eastern countries were doing their absolute best to ensure those kind of folks weren’t getting on to planes and entering other nations around the world.
Let’s hope this is a situation that never repeats itself.