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Day August 5, 2004

Followup on Flight 327 and Annie Jacobsen

In an earlier post, I discussed Annie Jacobsen’s article on Women’, concerning the “scare” on Flight 327. My post was aimed at highlighting how “normal” prayer behavior by Muslims can be interpreted by Westerners unfamiliar with Islam as suspicious behavior. The lead air marshal present on Flight 327 apparently agrees, and was interviewed by Time Magazine. It’s worth a read. I said it in my previous post, and will say it again. Vigilance is important, in a world of heightened threats to Americans. Paranoia, however, is a terrible thing, because it can cause us to distrust ourselves, without our real enemies in the world lifting a finger.