07 April 2007

More DFW muslim problems, or just paranoia?

On the afternoon of Feb. 25, Ms. Al-Homsi and a friend who could not be reached for comment, Aisha Abdul-Rahman Hamad, 50, of Irving, were spotted at Love Field wearing Muslim robes and camouflage pants and "acting suspiciously," the bulletin states. The surveillance video shows one of the women walking back and forth, apparently pacing off distances.

Pacing off distances? What?

"I'm a trained sniper and proud of it," Ms. Al-Homsi said in an interview Thursday after first refusing to comment on whether she has any terrorism ties. She then said no.

Ok - trained by who? And where? I know just about all of the training facilities in this neck of the woods and I feel pretty confident that none of the places I'm aware of would install that sense of verbiage. Instead of the word "sniper" you'd hear the word "shooter"... Regardless, I'd like to know where she was trained. So much for the press asking the right questions. Imagine for an instant, if you would, if her answer was Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, or Iraq. And if she was trained locally, I'd like to know because I can assure you that I'd give the facility a piece of my mind, and none of my business. In fact, the instructors I know have told me before on several occasions that there have been times they've been approached by people of a suspicious nature and turned them down.

And perhaps the most bizarre statement in the story:

... federal agents have talked to range employees about Ms. Al-Homsi, which is not uncommon of their clientele.

So, are they saying here that it's not uncommon for Federal Agents to ask about people that shoot at public ranges?? I don't know about you, but I find that little tidbit rather bothersome.
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