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Qatar Diplomat Was ‘Sneaking A Smoke’

From a bemused Associated Press:

AP source: Man on flight possibly sneaking smoke

By Devlin Barrett and Eileen Sullivan
Associated Press Writers / April 7, 2010

WASHINGTON—A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement put on high alert, officials said.

No explosives were found on the man, and officials do not believe he was trying to harm anyone, according to a senior law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

An Arab diplomat briefed on the matter identified the diplomat as Mohammed Al-Madadi.

The sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Officials said air marshals aboard the flight restrained the man and he was questioned. The plane landed safely as military jets were scrambled…

A senior State Department official said the agency was aware of the tentative identification of the man as a Qatari diplomat and that there would be "consequences, diplomatic and otherwise" if he had committed a crime.

The latest edition of department’s Diplomatic List, a registry of foreign diplomats working in the United States, identifies a man named Mohammed Yaaqob Y. M. Al-Madadi as the third secretary for the Qatari Embassy in Washington…

Foreign diplomats in the United States, like American diplomats posted abroad, have broad immunity from prosecution. The official said if the man’s identity as a Qatari diplomat was confirmed and if it was found that he may have committed a crime, U.S. authorities would have to decide whether to ask Qatar to waive his diplomatic immunity so he could be charged and tried.

Qatar could decline, the official said, and the man would likely be expelled from the United States.

Oh, how we laughed.

But speaking of immunity, just as a thought experiment try to imagine that Mr. Mohammed Yaaqob Y. M. Al-Madadi, acting on his government’s express orders, had somehow managed to smuggle into this country a ‘dirty bomb.’ And that he set it off and that it effectively destroyed the city of Denver.

Qatar is not a nuclear state. It is a member in good standing of the (laughable) Non-Proliferation treaty.

How would the US retaliate under Mr. Obama new defense posture?

Would we expel their diplomatic mission? As the UN for sanctions?

Invade a Muslim country with conventional forces?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Qatar Diplomat Was ‘Sneaking A Smoke’”

  1. artboyusa says:

    What’s the Arabic for “dry run”?

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    So Mohammed Al-Madadi may be telling people he was declared persona non grata for smoking?
    No wonder the world thinks so highly of the US.

  3. proreason says:

    He was probably trying to steal a smoke because somebody keyed his car.

    Because really, if you can’t take the word of a Qatar diplomat, whose word can you take?

  4. Georgfelis says:

    The phrase I want to see on the next press release: “…stripped of diplomatic immunity, sent back on the next plane with a sign stapled to his back saying ‘Next time, send an adult'”

  5. canary says:

    His trip was to meet with an al-Quaida imprisoned terrorist. He joked he was trying to light his shoes on fire, and refused mulitple requests to hand over his lighter to a steward. People should have jumped him.
    After all these years, the man who jumped over people to tackle the shoe-bomber and tie him, has gotten a hero’s award. He and another took turns penning the ugly muslims head to the floor by using his ponytail.

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