Geller, Spencer, Schlussel, Muslims, and the TSA
by Sheila Musaji
Pamela Geller goes farther and farther off the deep end every day. Today she posted an article Close Down the TSA! on the American Thinker site.
Her current outrage was set off by an incident at JFK Airport. A screener (who happened to be Muslim) did not notice that his metal detector was not plugged in, and due to that error, passengers had to be recalled to go through screening again, the terminal had to be shut down, and planes recalled.
This was certainly a major error and possibly a sign of an incompetent employee. That this could happen should require an investigation and re-evaluation of procedures.
If the screener is incompetent, then he should be fired. If screeners are not being properly investigated, trained, and supervised, then systems should be re-assessed to ensure that such a mistake won’t happen again. If there is any evidence at all that this individual purposefully left the machine unplugged, then he should be arrested, tried, and if convicted given the maximum jail time possible.
There is never just one person at screening stations, especially at such a large airport, which means that none of the other TSA employees noticed this issue either.
Geller seems to have personal information about what happened. She says
A Muslim TSA screener, Alija Abdul Majed, left his screener unplugged for hours. This was no accident. This was a dry run. Majed, said the Post, failed “to realize that alert lights never flashed once as streams of passengers filed through the dead detector.” Yeah, right. We have devout Muslim screeners screening for devout Muslims? This defines insanity.
Debbie Schlussel, another member of the Islamophobia echo chamber also commented on this incident, saying
What’s more believable is that he knew exactly what was going on and that he probably deliberately unplugged it, himself. He probably also tipped off some jihadist buddies of his to go through Lane No. 1 in Terminal 7. ... This was no accident or coincidence.
Geller and Schlussel have appointed themselves the judge and the jury, and due to their pathological hatred of Islam and Muslims found not only the TSA screener responsible for the incident guilty - but found all Muslims guilty. Not surprising, since they see jihad plots everywhere, and are responsible for most of the what everyone “knows” false claims about Islam and Muslims that they use their echo chamber to magnify.
Since when has the purpose of TSA screening been to screen for “devout Muslims”? Since when has simply being Muslim been a reason that you shouldn’t be trusted to work for the TSA, or that you are automatically to be considered not only suspect, but guilty of any crime?
None of this is surprising. Back in 2010, Geller’s partner, Robert Spencer objected to a Muslim woman in a hijab working for the TSA, and Geller provided the photo of the woman for Spencers article claiming that the TSA worker’s scarf an “Islamic Supremacist dare”?. Here is what I said about their claims at that time
Spencer saysOnly greasy Islamophobes would object to a hijabbed, observant Muslim TSA worker, right? After all, to object would be to assume that all Muslims are jihad terrorists or jihad terrorist sympathizers, and that is the very definition of “Islamophobia,” now, isn’t it? We should be applauding the prospect of a devout Muslim who has dedicated her time to protecting Americans by working at the TSA, right?
Actually, yes, only greasy Islamophobes would object based solely on an individuals religion, just as only greasy anti-Semites would object to a TSA worker wearing a yarmulke.
He then talks about the possibilities for “jihadis” to “infiltrate the TSA” to “to place operatives in strategic positions”. He sees this Muslim woman wearing a scarfas a symbol of the TSA forcing “non-Muslim air passengers to place their safety in the hands of people who clearly hold the same belief-system as did those who made all these security procedures necessary in the first place.”
Actually, the terrorists responsible for 9/11 held a very different set of beliefs than most Muslims. Unless Spencer has evidence about this particular Muslim woman then he is saying that all observant Muslims are actually dangerous criminals. This is bigotry! If Spencer does have evidence about this particular woman, then he needs to meet with his local FBI agent and turn that evidence over.
He then comes to this disgusting conclusion
A hijabbed TSA worker is the personification of a dare: Islamic supremacists are daring the TSA to question her about her belief-system, thereby acknowledging that that belief-system has something to do with terror and violence. The TSA almost certainly did not dare to do so: it is virtually inconceivable that the woman pictured, as well as other hijabbed TSA workers and airport personnel, were ever questioned in any attempt to determine how closely their view coincided with those of Osama bin Laden. To have done so would have been “Islamophobic,” and would have invited protests from the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
And so the TSA hires observant Muslims without making any effort at all to determine whether or not they are jihadist infiltrators.
Hiring any observant Muslim who wears a hijab is to give in to “Islamic supremacists”? The hijab itself is “the personification of a dare” by “Islamic supremacists”. The TSA doesn’t screen it’s workers? The “TSA hires observant Muslims without making any effort at all to determine whether or not they are jihadist infiltrators.”?
That last claim really concerns me. Muslims, like all other Americans, place our trust in agencies like the TSA to keep us safe. If Spencer has evidence that they are not doing their job, then he should immediately take that evidence to the FBI.
It’s a shame that Spencer, Geller, and the other Islamophobes don’t work for TSA, then they might be fired for such hateful statements.
There is a reason that the ADL (A Jewish anti-defamation group) has said that Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) is a “group that promote an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group. There is a reason that the key players in the Islamophobia industry are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that they are featured prominently in the Center for American Progress “Fear Inc.” report on the Islamophobia network in America. There is a reason that they are featured in the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. There is a reason that they are featured in the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was denied by the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature. There is a reason that these folks are featured in our TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. There is a reason that they are featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.