Comments: DILEMMA

I suppose he could continue conducting a series of interviews...if the job is task oriented, whip up some fast "test" that the guy can come in to make and get his photograph during the process, and invite an FBI agent or something to "interview" at the same time.

Wasn't there some hotline you could call once upon a time to report that sort of thing? All the recent press releases say contact local law enforcement or the local FBI office.

Posted by Jason at September 8, 2005 09:54 PM

I for one would report it immediately. You don't see Mexicans or Irish guys flying planes into buildings and blowing up convoys in the middle east.

Anyone that appears to be of middle-eastern descent should be watched closely. If they seem cool, don't report. If they're askin all sorts of weird questions like that, definately turn em in.

Racial profiling is ugly but necessary during times of war, that's all there is to it. Especially in this war where the enemy is actively trying to get into the U.S. to carry out various attacks.

Like I said, it's ugly and some perfectly innocent people would be looked at very closely, but it's for the good of our country as a whole that we report things like this.

Posted by tyler at September 8, 2005 10:11 PM

Have your friend call the local FBI office, or, I believe there is even a tip line on the FBI website on which he can lay out the particulars that give rise to his suspicion. The FBI may not be interested, and if they are, they may just run his name through some databases. If they're more interested, they may seek to interview him.

Posted by Jim - PRS at September 9, 2005 03:26 AM

Better safe that sorry. FBI.

I'd rather cry wolf and risk embarrasment than keep my head down and rise lives.

Posted by mick at September 9, 2005 05:48 AM

My biggest concern might be whether everyone's reporting every slightly unusual conversation they had with a Muslim would so overwhelm the system that the feds wouldn't have enough people to track down the most promising leads.

Posted by Pericles at September 9, 2005 10:01 AM

Contact the local FBI. A 'gut' feeling is rarely wrong.

Posted by MargeinMI at September 9, 2005 01:26 PM

If the person was a U.S. citizen, then it would be racial profiling. If this person was from Sweden or China and acted the same way call the FBI. It is not our job to check this person out, it is the FBI's job. Our duty is to the security of our nation. Any non-citizen should be looked at with a higher concern than citizens. Especially when they are in a hurry.

Posted by Don at September 9, 2005 07:08 PM

Sarah -

If I came across an apparently abandoned bag and heard it ticking the smart thing to do would be contact those who can discern if this is an EOD issue or not. Me...I'm not qualified. I can ignore it or approach it. Either way of doing it on my own it could blow up and somebody dies.

If EOD comes in and it turns out to be a bag with a ticking clock in it...nothing more...they will not be angry with me. They will say "Happens all the time...but you did exactly the right thing."

There are folks who get paid to figure out who the bad guys are...and they need us to help ID likely candidates.

Let's let 'em do it. Call them.

Posted by Tim at September 9, 2005 08:40 PM

Agree with all who recommend a quick call to your local FBI office. Be sure to have the application handy for faxing to their offices. I would hope that they too will err on the side of caution.

See you on the high ground!

MajorDad1984

Posted by MajorDad1984 at September 9, 2005 09:06 PM

Sara,

I have to agree that the FBI should be notified. I think Tim nailed it with his EOD analogy. BTW, do you know what's happened to Red6? Haven't seen a posting to Armorgeddon since 9/20.

Thanks

Posted by FidalgoMike at September 9, 2005 10:58 PM

I think those who recommend calling the FBI direct are a little rash: report the interview to the company security officer first, and let that individual handle it. I think almost every company these days that hires foreigners has a security officer.

If not, I concur with Major Dad, who has his cap on straight.

Posted by Paulie at The Commons at September 10, 2005 03:14 AM

If he was only going to be in the country a short while, isn't it likely that he's here alone and doesn't know a single person in the area? That there's no one to miss him if he doesn't return from the interview? Calling the FBI... forget that. Just shoot him and dump his body out back. A lot less hassle.

I mean, look at the facts:

1) He's nervous. In a job interview.
2) He wants a job that will get him as much money as possible, as quickly as possible.

Forget the Egyptian part. Those two facts alone are proof that, at best, he's somne kind of wierdo. If he's not terrorist, he's probably one these socialists or something else equally bad. Either way, the world'll be better off without him.

Posted by herostratus at September 10, 2005 08:20 AM

Herostratus -- if you have something of substance to say, please say it without all the sarcasm. I didn't intend this post to be a bandwagon; I want people's honest input. Give constructive advice instead of just being antagonistic.

Posted by Sarah at September 10, 2005 10:22 AM

Also, i seem to recall that the reason people were nervous around Atta was that he liked to talk shit about America and drop hints about the big event, which should definitely have been a warning sign.

Posted by annika at September 10, 2005 04:09 PM