Cross posted from Wake Up America:
A 21 year old man from Clearwater Florida was arrested Sunday when Airport Security found a box cutter inside of a hollowed out book. If convicted he faces up to ten years in prison.
His name is Benjamin Baines Jr and he was arrested at the Tampa International Airport when he tried to get through airport security, which ran his backpack through an X-ray machine and saw the image of a box cutter.
Security then searched the backpack and found a book called "Fear Itself", which was hollowed out and a box cutter placed into the space.
After Baines was read his rights, he said his cousin had cut away the pages to make the hollow section in the book. Later, reports state, he said he had hollowed it out himself to hide money and marijuana from his roommates.
Baines told officers he was moving to Las Vegas and forgot the cutter was in the book.
Officers found books in the backpack titled "Muhammad in the Bible," "The Prophet's Prayer" and "The Noble Qur'an." He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.
Go here to read the rest: http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2008/02/man-arrested-at-airport-for-having-box.html
This story is of course both shocking and frightening. But to me at least, the reader's comments below responding to this article about this most fortunate arrest are the really shocking and ultimately discouraging part of this story.
This is what we are facing. This is why America will most assuredly lose this war against the encroaching evil of islam unless we can reach these totally unimpressed people and somehow change their minds.
Here are just a few of their thoughts on the subject:
"Ok so the young man can read, which not many people today do, he had a box cutter not a bomb, why is it that when you mix muhamed with anything it derives terrorism, the guy forget he had a box cutter, I doubt very much this young man intended to do harm to anyone, a simple mistake."
"He could be studying to be a muslim like many African Americans."
"Why does everyone blame "muslims"? Reading a Quran AND/OR a Bible does not make him a terrorist."
"This is a simple case of profiling. If he were a white college man with a box cutter hidden in a bible, he would have been let go. If you're 'brown' you go 'down'."
"...people need to stop blaming Muslims for the terror."
"Here goes another black man chrged with a crime. This is really something the world - box cutters - give me a break, how mnay people have box cutters. I got at least 5 of them. Never harmed a soul. So what he reads."
"...ya get all up in arms over a little friggin box cutter? get your priorities straight for the sake of our Nation. PLEEEEASE WAKE THE EFF UP AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON IN "REAL" WORLD."
"how do u know he "tried to hide them" ???
isn't it possible, if not PROBABLE, that he FORGOT about it?"
"Everyone is always in a hurry to put them away for life. There are innocent people out there who make mistakes."
"You use a boxcutter to cut open and roll blunts. Big deal it was in his weed case. i don't get high but some people do and they usually arent very violent when they are high."
It is no great secret that the muslims in America have been actively and successfully recruiting disenchanted -- and often incarcerated -- young black men for years. And our young Mr. Baines is, evidently, one of their successful graduates. Taught since childhood to hate Whitey's supposed racial caste system of oppression, many of these angry young black men have become all-too-easy targets for these busy muslim recruiters, who have been able to turn their anti-social criminality into a blessed virtue. The mullahs have managed to validate that all-important victim's status and convince their proselytes that they are not really criminals, but rather victims, victims who have now chosen to fight back, Allah's chosen warriors.
They offer these disillusioned young black men peer acceptance, a kind of counterfeit self-respect, power and pride in themselves and in their downtrodden race. They are very good at what they do, these recruiters for the Armies of Allah, they are quite successful. Their hapless victims are totally oblivious of just how cynical and manipulative (and how unalterably racist) their muslim mentors really are. They are being blatantly used and deceived. And we have yet to begin to find a way to counter their seduction.
This young man did everything but successfully bring the damn plane down, and yet, INCREDIBLY -- 3/4 of the commenters to this article support him and call it a case of racial profiling, further proof of white oppression -- it wouldn't, they say, have happened to a white man. He was nothing more than an innocent young black man caught up in that great net of white bigotry, they say, a guiltless young fellow who just simply "forgot" that he had those box cutters hidden in a carved out book.
THIS is what we're up against. THIS is why we're going to lose this war against this relentless islamic encroachment, unless there's a huge sea change in our own public's view of this deadly and imminent threat. They still think that this is all about racism and intolerance.
What will it take to convince these commenters that this has nothing whatsoever to do with bigotry and everything to do with war? Our earnest arguments fall on deaf ears. Attempting to convince them with that weak and fading specter of 9/11 has become as useless as trying to frighten them with the bogey man. They just don't fall for it; they know better. They know that we are nothing but alarmists and self-serving, politically motivated propagandists, who try to instill fear in the people so that we can steal more and more of their precious personal freedoms, so that we can bring them to war and sacrifice their sons and brothers to the slaughter.
In short, they just don't trust us anymore and they just won't listen.
They trust the man with the box cutters in his book more than they trust us and more than they trust their own lying Imperialistic government.
God help us win this argument, or God help us all.
Voted by Fox News at GOP Hub