...Incredibly, he was on his way for a routine diplomatic visit to Saleh Karrah al-Mahri, a Qatar citizen who's serving eight years in a federal supermax as an al Qaeda sleeper agent.The Qatar version of affirmative action, perhaps?
How about that? The pretend terrorist was on his way to visit the real thing.
Yet even though Modadi was a government agent on official business, Qatar will not be asked to repay taxpayer funds spent on the heightened-security alert -- or the nearly $50,000 in vouchers that United gave to passengers who were delayed for hours thanks to his antics.
That has some on Capitol Hill grumbling -- and rightly so.
At least the State Department moved swiftly to make it clear to the Qataris that it wanted Modadi out of here -- fast.
Alas, formally declaring him unwelcome wasn't considered, for fear of straining US-Qatar relations.
Perish the thought.
Meanwhile, we understand that ministering to the needs of justly imprisoned terrorists would be a hard job to fill, but why Qatar would hire a moron like Modadi in the first place escapes us.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Flying While Moronic
The New York Post is puzzled by a Qatari prankster's diplomatic status: