6 of 11 missing Egyptian students detained at O’Hare International Airport

Story here:

CHICAGO – With airline employees and police at O’Hare International Airport working in a heightened state of alert Thursday morning, a Delta Air Lines ticket agent became suspicious of a young Egyptian man who was agitated and trying to board a flight with an invalid ticket, police said.

Within minutes, she and the Chicago police officer she called for help learned that Ahmed Abou El Ela, 21, was one of 11 missing Egyptian students wanted by immigration authorities because they failed to show up at Montana State University for a study program. The police officer, Tim Bolger, arrested El Ela and police later turned him over to federal immigration agents for questioning. He remained in federal custody Thursday evening.

Here’s background on why we should be concerned about these men, who simply vanished from JKF airport just a few days ago.

Related WOT news: The domestic war on Islamofascism rages on:

Follow up on the story about the Jew-hating Islamofascist who killed one and wounded five in Seattle on July 28:

American Muslims “concerned” with Bush’s use of the term “Islamic fascists”

Seems the President’s characterization of Islamic terrorists as “Islamic fascists” has riled up US Muslims who are “concerned” that such a term could inflame sentiment against Islamists. Via Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Muslim groups criticized President George W. Bush on Thursday for calling a foiled plot to blow up airplanes part of a “war with Islamic fascists,” saying the term could inflame anti-Muslim tensions.

U.S. officials have said the plot, thwarted by Britain, to blow up several aircraft over the Atlantic bore many of the hallmarks of al Qaeda.

“We believe this is an ill-advised term and we believe that it is counter-productive to associate Islam or Muslims with fascism,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group.

We ought to take advantage of these incidents to make sure that we do not start a religious war against Islam and Muslims,” he told a news conference in Washington.

“We urge him (Bush) and we urge other public officials to restrain themselves.”

ROTFL! If that isn’t the height of chutzpah I don’t know what is! The Brits just foiled a terrorist plot that could have caused massive loss of life, perhaps even made 9-11 pale in comparison, and these clowns want to urge Bush and other public officials trying to combat such plots to restrain themselves?

GMADB! Here are the comments Bush made that ruffled the delicate feathers of the sensitivity police:

Hours after the news [of the foiled terrorist attacks] broke, Bush said it was “a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.”

Video here.

Mind you, the President has also said we’re at war with “radical Islam” “extremist Islamists” and the like, but now that he uses the term “fascist” alongside the word “Islamic” he’s crossed the line and “needs to be restrained”?

If the President read this blog I’d offer this advice: Tell the whiners at CAIR that you don’t “CAIR” anymore what they think of the terms you use to describe Islamofascists. And certainly do not apologize. Tell them that they need to get a hold on their Muslim brothers and restrain them from planning and committing terrorist attacks- like 9-11, 3-11, 7/7, the hundreds of thousands of other terrorists attacks committed by Islamofascists around the world, etc, because that’s what stirs up anti-Muslim sentiment, not the apt term “Islamofascists.”

Sheesh …

More: Gateway Pundit points out some, shall we say ‘interesting’ facts about the Texas-based “Muslim activist” quoted later in that Reuters piece.

Update I: La Shawn and Atlas liked that Bush used the term, too.

Update II: OUCH.

Update III: K-Lo has a spot-on response to CAIR’s objections:

If a mainstream Muslim group can’t see or make the distinction between RADICAL/MILITANT/FASCISM Islam and thinks any of those terms are interchangable with Islam, we are in pretty bad shape, indeed.

It’s nothing more than a planned scare tactic!!!!!!!

Ladies and gents, the news of the terrorist plots that were foiled this morning were as a result of a coordinated effort on the part of President Bush, VP Cheney, “Bush’s Brain” Karl Rove, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair – not to warn and advise people who were travelling to and from the UK, but instead to send a message to Lamont voters in CT and other anti-war nuts elsewhere in the country that voting for an anti-war candidate will have consequences!!!!!!!!!!

Read the below posts to find out just how they managed to fool the world:

K-Lo rounds up some DU reax. Here’s one:

“Exactly—why now? Why is this major disruption being discussed NOW. What else is going on? This sounds lke another Bush diversion tactic…Get the media to discuss terror, because there is something else that they don’t want us discussing. Bait & Switch technique.”

We also learn today that it’s Bush’s fault that the terrorist plots were even designed to begin with:

In the meantime, the sane words of John Derbyshire guide us back to reality:

I can’t resist pointing out (since Andy McCarthy is apparently too much of a gent to do so) that this latest plot illustrated an important point about terrorism: If you want to breed terrorists and give them the opportunity to mature their plans, there is no environment better than a free, open, “diversity”-whipped Western nation.

Rubble doesn’t make trouble. Neither do complaisant amoral dictators, so long as you keep their Swiss bank accounts well stuffed. The trouble comes from neat English suburbs with herbaceous borders and privet hedges, with bobbies on the beat and milkmen making daily deliveries.

Nor do poverty, oppression, and madrassas make terrorists. Comfortable lower-middle-class surroundings, authorities terrified of being called “racist,” and the British educational system, will accomplish the job perfectly well.

Another voice of reason, Jeff Goldstein, aptly quotes Terminator character Kyle Reese, who said:

Listen. And understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

Too bad the left is too busy wrongly painting someone else as “the terminator” to notice who the real ones are.

Also blogging about the foiled attacks: Pajamas Media, Dean Barnett at Hugh Hewitt’s, James Joyner at Outside the Beltway (who has a nice link roundup), John Hawkins, bRight and Early, Flopping Aces, Lorie Byrd at Wizbang (see also Kim Priestap’s post at Wizbang), Ed Driscoll, Villainous Company, All Things Beautiful, RightWinged.com, QandO

Carolina FreedomNet 2006 blogger conference in NC

Attention conservative North Carolina bloggers:

On Saturday October 7th the John Locke Foundation will be hosting Carolina FreedomNet 2006, a blogging conference for conservative, libertarian, and other right-leaning bloggers, in Greensboro, NC.

Scott Johnson from Powerline will be the keynote speaker.

I know I’m not nearly as famous or exciting as Scott Johnson :-< but just for the record yours truly will be in attendance as well and would love to meet up with fellow NC bloggers who share a common philosophical bond.

I’ll post more details when they become available. In the meantime, spread the word! :)

Republicans already painting Lieberman loss as a signal Dems are weak on national security

I wrote the following yesterday:

There are things my party has done that I’m not proud of, but one thing – thankfully – it hasn’t done is allowed the fringe fruitcakes to take over. The DNC has allowed that here, and I believe now they’ll find themselves in a pickle over what to do next in terms of ‘supporting’ Lamont or distancing themselves from him and his ‘base’. If they throw their full support behind Lamont and his cut and run approach to Iraq, I hope Republicans – and Joe Lieberman – milk it for all its worth.

I also noted in that post how the DNC weren’t distancing themselves from Lamont and were, in fact, embracing him.

The RNC has indeed done as I’d hoped and have kicked things up into high gear in response to Lieberman’s loss, and it started off yesterday with comments made by the RNC’s Ken Mehlman. VP Dick Cheney, whose statement I posted here, made it very clear what he thinks of the defeat of Joe Lieberman by nut-, er, netroots candidate Ned Lamont. The TIME article referenced below confirms that the RNC is, rightly, going to use the Lieberman loss to advance the position that Democrats are too weak on issues related to national security because they effectively told a veteran Senator who advocated that we stay in Iraq until the mission was complete that he was no longer welcome. Via Mike Allen:

From Washington State to Missouri to Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates found themselves on the defensive Wednesday as the Republican Party worked ferociously at every level to try to use the primary defeat of Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut to portray the opposition as the party of weakness and isolation on national security and liberal leanings on domestic policy. Doleful Democrats bemoaned the irony: At a time when Republicans should be back on their heels because of chaos abroad and President Bush’s unpopularity, the Democrats’ rejection of a sensible, moralistic centrist has handed the GOP a weapon that could have vast ramifications for both the midterm elections of ’06 and the big dance of ’08.

At breakfast time, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman was in Cleveland, decrying “an unfortunate embrace of isolationism, defeatism, and a blame- America-first attitude by national Democratic leaders at a time when retreating from the world is particularly dangerous.” In early afternoon, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters in Crawford, Tex.: “It’s a defining moment for the Democratic Party, whose national leaders now have made it clear that if you disagree with the extreme left in their party they’re going to come after you.” And an hour or so later, Vice President Cheney told wire-service reporters in a conference call: “It’s an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy.”

Love it, love it, love it. Keep hammering that point, guys. I know I sure will.

As predicted, Lamont’s win has galvanized the hardcore anti-war hate-Bush wing of the Democratic party, but it’s also galvanized regular workaday Republicans such as myself, who know that a repeat performance in November of victories like Ned Lamont’s this past Tuesday would spell disaster for this country. We must fight against that happening.

Update I: HEH!

On a more serious note, Jacob Weisberg writes about why he thinks Lamont’s victory signals defeat for the Democratic party.

Major UK terror plot foiled, 21 arrested so far, “Major Al Qaeda plot”, plotted ‘mid-air explosions’

Malkin’s all over this major developing story.

Brendan Loy updated overnight and here’s the rundown of what’s happening:

• British authorities say they have disrupted a massive, imminent midair terror plot involving suicide bombers carrying liquid explosives in their carry-on baggage on U.K.-to-U.S. commercial flights. “Put simply, this was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale” says Scotland Yard.

• According to Sky News, the plot involved six planes. Earlier reports had said “as many as 20 planes” were involved. Scotland Yard would not confirm the number of planes. The planes were to be blown up en route to America (or possibly “over UK and US cities” according to one early report).

• Fox News reports that a knowledgeable U.S. official says this plot had a “serious Al Qaeda connection.”

• Police know of specific flights on which the terrorists were booked, according to Sky. “They were not yet sitting on an airplane, but they were very close to travelling” says a U.S. intelligence official, according to Fox.

• 21 would-be terrorists were arrested overnight in London. At least 2 others are still at-large, possibly “many others” according to Fox. “We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted” says Michael Chertoff. The arrested individuals are British-born young male Muslims, possibly of Pakistani origin, according to Sky.

• The U.K. is at its highest terror alert level, indicating an “imminent” threat. The U.S. terror threat level has been raised to red for flights from Britain to the United States, and to orange for all U.S. domestic, U.S.-bound international, and U.S.-to-U.K. flights. It is the first time the U.S. terror level has ever reached “red” for any part of the country.

• Because the plot involved “liquid chemical devices” to be smuggled on board via carry-on bags, incredibly strict new security measures have been instituted in Britain. Virtually no carry-on baggage is being allowed on board flights in Britain. Electronic devices, e.g. iPods, are reportedly banned and must be checked as luggage. What few items are allowed, reportedly must be carried in transparent bags. Because of the unprecedented security measures, there are extremely long lines and massive, crippling delays at British airports. All in-bound flights to Heathrow have been cancelled if they are not currently in the air. Many airlines and airports elsewhere are cancelling all flights to the U.K., and British passengers are asked not to come to the airport “unless absolutely necessary.” Heathrow is a madhouse.

• Some of the new security measures are being instituted in the U.S. as well. Virtually all liquids are being banned from all planes. The only exception is for baby formula, and it is allowed only if the parent drinks some of it him/herself, in front of a security agent, to prove that it’s not a liquid explosive (!!)

Allah is also following the story closely.

Update: Fox is reporting not just US airlines were targeted, but British air carriers were as well.

Dick Cheney on Lieberman’s loss

Doesn’t get much better than this (via Byron York at NRO):

I know Joe Lieberman and have a good deal of respect for him given that we were opponents in the 2000 campaign; and of course, spent a fair amount of time watching the man and studying him over the years, especially in connection with our debate in 2000. And as I look at what happened yesterday, it strikes me that it’s a perhaps unfortunate and significant development from the standpoint of the Democratic Party, that what it says about the direction the party appears to be heading in when they, in effect, purge a man like Joe Lieberman, who was just six years ago their nominee for Vice President, is of concern, especially over the issue of Joe’s support with respect to national efforts in the global war on terror.

The thing that’s partly disturbing about it is the fact that, the standpoint of our adversaries, if you will, in this conflict, and the al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task. And when we see the Democratic Party reject one of its own, a man they selected to be their vice presidential nominee just a few short years ago, it would seem to say a lot about the state the party is in today if that’s becoming the dominant view of the Democratic Party, the basic, fundamental notion that somehow we can retreat behind our oceans and not be actively engaged in this conflict and be safe here at home, which clearly we know we won’t — we can’t be. So we have to be actively engaged not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but on a global basis if we’re going to succeed in prevailing in this long-term conflict.

So it’s an unfortunate development, I think, from the standpoint of the Democratic Party to see a man like Lieberman pushed aside because of his willingness to support an aggressive posture in terms of our national security strategy.

Now that’s a (symbolic) quail shot that wasn’t accidental.

In the meantime, rumors are swirling that Karl Rove (master of the Rovian Conspiracy) has reached out to Senator Lieberman and offered support, the very thought of which surely is already causing fear and outrage amongst the usual suspects. If I were them, I’d worry more about the support that this guy is putting behind their guy before I’d worry about what El Rovo was scheming with this guy.