Who's soft on terrorism now? The GOP...
Last week, one Charles Alfred Dreyling, a 24-year-old Oklahoma University student, tried to board an airplane with a pipe bomb in his carryon bag. Fortunately, OKC airport security caught him, and now he faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Shades of Richard Reid, shades of Tim McVeigh, shades even of the 9/11 hijackers, right? Well, the big difference is that none of those bombers, or would-be bombers, had connections to the Republican Party.
Dreyling was released on $10,000 bail the day after his arrest, thanks in large part to family friend, former OKC mayor Kirk Humphreys, a Republican of course.
In attesting to Dreyling's fine character, Humphreys said:
I know Charlie Dreyling quite well. I've known him since he was in the first grade. I appreciate what the authorities are doing making our airlines safe. ... I have every confidence that they'll find out Charlie Dreyling is a fine young man and no terrorist. ... He had a little explosive device, and boys like to see things go bang. He took it down to an outing at the lake, left it in his bag, forgot it and went to the airport.The whole potential destruction of an airliner is really no big deal, though, because Dreyling only forgot that the bomb was in his bag as he boarded a jet to Atlanta. He actually only makes the bombs "for recreation" and sets them off "with friends in rural Oklahoma."
As Buzzflash puts it in its weekly roundup of the GOP's biggest hypocrite, "for Republicans, if you're non-white and named Mohammed and you try to board an airplane with a bomb, you get rendered to Egypt or Syria where you summarily get tortured, right? But, apparently, if you come from red state Republican land, you are, according to Humphreys, absolved of any wrongdoing."
Even if you're a white boy who likes to make and detonate bombs in the same area that another white boy killed 168 people, including 19 children, 11 years ago.