Katherine Kersten: The real target of the 6 imams' 'discrimination' suit
If I were to walk onto a plane request a seatbelt extender, strategically place my friends, and bash the U.S. would my fellow passengers not want me off that flight? I know that I would demand a refund or the removal of me immediately.
But no, the imams and CAIR are going for it all, including the passengers who dared to raise their concerns. And get this:
The imams' lawsuit, however, asserts that US Airways and the MAC acted solely out of religious and ethnic discrimination. It includes 17 separate counts.Laughable at best and weak reasons to seek damages. If anyone should be seeking retribution it should be the passengers and the airlines crew for the fear of wondering what in the hell the plan was with these guys! But no, this is now turning into a retaliation towards the passengers who were only doing what any normal human being would have done in this instance.
It also rehearses a catalogue of harms allegedly suffered by the imams, including fear, depression, mental pain and financial injury. They have not only endured exhaustion, humiliation and ridicule, but also have lost sleep and developed anxiety about flying.
Their lawsuit appears to be the latest component in a national campaign to intimidate airlines and government agencies from acting prudently to ensure passenger safety. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is advising the imams, is also calling for congressional hearings and promoting federal legislation to "end racial profiling" in air travel. If the legislation passes, airport personnel who disproportionately question passengers who are Muslim or of Middle Eastern origin could be subject to sanctions.
But the most alarming aspect of the imams' suit is buried in paragraph 21 of their complaint. It describes "John Doe" defendants whose identity the imams' attorneys are still investigating. It reads: "Defendants 'John Does' were passengers ... who contacted U.S. Airways to report the alleged 'suspicious' behavior of Plaintiffs' performing their prayer at the airport terminal."And as this journalist writes:
Paragraph 22 adds: "Plaintiffs will seek leave to amend this Complaint to allege true names, capacities, and circumstances supporting [these defendants'] liability ... at such time as Plaintiffs ascertain the same."
In plain English, the imams plan to sue the "John Does," too.
Who are these unnamed culprits? The complaint describes them as "an older couple who was sitting [near the imams] and purposely turn[ed] around to watch" as they prayed. "The gentleman ('John Doe') in the couple ... picked up his cellular phone and made a phone call while watching the Plaintiffs pray," then "moved to a corner" and "kept talking into his cellular phone."
The imams' attempt to bully ordinary passengers marks an alarming new front in the war on airline security. Average folks, "John Does" like you and me, initially observed and reported the imams' suspicious behavior on Nov. 20. Such people are our "first responders" against terrorism. But the imams' suit may frighten such individuals into silence, as they seek to avoid the nightmare of being labeled bigots and named as defendants.The scare and bully tactics are being used as a weapon. This sort of tactic only makes me more aware. If in fact my actions to protect myself, my family and those innocents around me resulted in my death, then so be it. But my fear will not stand in the way of protecting and doing what needs to be done in light of a situation such as this. I do hope that other Americans see this for what it is and stand proud and tall and defend and protect as opposed to taking it up the wazoo!