How close was the Times Sqauare bomber to getting away?
G. Wesley Clark, MD
According to the Obama official government version, as reported by AP and several other outlets, “he was in his seat and the plane was preparing to leave the gate. It didn’t. At the last minute, the pilot was notified, the jetliner’s door was opened and Shahzad was taken into custody.”
However, the actual flight controller recording shows otherwise. The plane was not at the gate, it was not just pushed back, it had taxied to the runway, and was “number one” for takeoff, had been switched to tower frequency for takeoff clearance, and the tower controller was actually in the middle of saying “position and hold” (on the runway for takeoff), when she ordered a return to the gate.
Meanwhile, the New York Times has a different version, alleges that bomber was removed from the plane, the plane taxied to runway, then was called back to remove two more passengers. Based upon the puzzled tone and query of the pilot talking with the controller, this sounds really fishy, and is most likely a CYA by the FBI or DOJ.
Thankfully, the Taliban is just slightly more incompetent at making bombs, than our government is at catching the bombers, and at protecting us.