A federal judge denied bail this week to an American Airlines employee who allegedly tried to sabotage a commercial jet; citing new evidence the man had “ISIS material” on his phone at the time of his arrest.
“U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims,” reports NBC Miami.
Federal judge cites new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for mechanic charged with sabotaging American Airlines jetliner in Miami: https://t.co/VgsoHApdwa
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) September 18, 2019
“FEDERAL COURT UPDATE: ISIS propaganda video found on phone of mechanic accused of sabotaging flight at MIA, prosecutors say,” posted ABC Miami on social media.
FEDERAL COURT UPDATE: ISIS propaganda video found on phone of mechanic accused of sabotaging flight at MIA, prosecutors say https://t.co/ZBqguHYNHU
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) September 18, 2019
“Alani is charged with sabotaging a Boeing 737 with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because ongoing labor negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime,” adds NBC. “The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.”
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BETO’S BIG SHOW: O’Rourke’s Debate Guests Include Athletes Who Protested US National Anthem
Failing presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s personal guests to this week’s Democratic debates will be high school athletes benched for protesting the US National Anthem.
“When Democrat Beto O’Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as guests of the former Texas congressman,” reports Market Watch.
“O’Rourke reached out to ex-Lansing Catholic High School football players Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah and RoJe Williams and spoke with them by phone last week. Teammate Kabbalah Richards is away at college and unable to attend the debate but also was on the call,” confirms the article.
O’Rourke made national headlines last week after he compared President Trump’s ‘MAGA’ events to Nazi-style rallies.
"Yes, President Trump is a racist," 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke tells @ABC News.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 22, 2019
“Do you think that President Trump is a racist?” asked ABC News.
“Yes, President Trump is a racist. What we saw in North Carolina last week was almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally; inciting hatred and violence against people based on the color of their skin, based on their religion,” said O’Rourke.
“It’s very clear the path that he is taking us on. We either willingly submit to that, or we stand up against it and stand for what we know this country can be. That’s what I’m trying to do,” he added.
Read the full report at Market Watch.
AMERICA'S GAME? NFL REJECTS Pro-Veteran SUPER BOWL Ad
The National Football League continued to reach new lows on Tuesday; flat-out rejecting a one-page advertisement in the NFL’s official Super Bowl Program that urged all Americans to “Please Stand” during the performance of the national anthem, reports USA Today.
The ad -submitted by pro-veteran’s organization AMVETS- urged all those attending the big game to remain standing as the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out inside the arena. The material was ultimately rejected by the league for violating the NFL’s commitment to avoiding “political statements” in the program.
“The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA Today.
“It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement. The NFL has long supported the military and veterans and will again salute our service members in the Super Bowl with memorable on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game,” he added.
The NFL’s been struggling to come to terms with a disastrous 2017 postseason following months of players “taking a knee” during the performance of the national anthem. President Trump rocketed the issue into the spotlight after he called for a full-fledged boycott of the NFL until league owners demand their athletes remain standing during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’