Monday, April 18, 2005
Newsweek reports on the curious case of KLM flight 685. On April 8th, U.S. authorities denied the flight airspace access, on it's flight from Amsterdam to Mexico City. As it turns out two suspicious Saudi brothers were on the flight and triggered warnings in the Homeland security system. So all's well that ends well right?
Maybe not. The larger question for me is , why were these guys headed to Mexico City to begin with? Their story is that they were on their way to visit their father, a retired Saudi diplomat who lives in Mexico, which is certainly possible. However, with all the talk about America's porous southern border, and the fact that other Middle Easterner's have been aprehended trying to sneak across, one wonders if there isn't more to this story.
The obvious conclusion is that this could have been another 9/11 attempt. I'm not sure this makes a lot of sense. First, to attempt another 9/11 using foreign planes not even headed to the U.S. would only have the affect of inciting European anger against the Islamofascist cause. Secondly, by the time the plane reached the U.S. at least half it's fuel would have been depleted. In the original attacks, the plotters were sure that planes would have a full load of fuel at the time of impact. Finally, this was a full flight, which would have increased the possiblity that passengers would attempt to put down any hijacking on their own.
So, we're left with two possiblities. One; this was nothing more than two Saudi guys looking to escape the cold Saudi spring for the warm climes of Mexico, or two; there is an ongoing plot to smuggle bad guys into the U.S. from the south.
I don't know about you, but I sure am glad the government plans to have more control over the border by 2008.Posted by Hello