Terror By Any Other Name

Hiram Rivera-Ortiz was sentenced today for agreeing to smuggle 4 handguns and 2 machine guns aboard a flight bound for Puerto Rico for a mere $4,500. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, 3 years of probation and $100 fine.

So, let me get this straight. A man can sneak a small arsenal of automatic weapons onto a plane, taking measures to circumvent security by infiltrating and taking a job as an employee of an airline, in this atmosphere of heightened terrorism threat levels… and he gets sentenced like someone who gets loaded and crashes their car into the neighbors elm? Actually, a DUI with property damage and no bodily harm would carry far more than $100 I’m sure.

Why didn’t we treat this dirt bag like a terrorist threat and stick him in a dank dark hole for an indeterminate amount of time? I mean, hell, if we are going to create draconian anti-terrorism laws, can we please enforce them on the real threats, like people turning our communities (and airlines apparently) into life threatening situations? How is a person who is willing to attempt to skirt TSA security for the price of a late model used car in an effort to participate in a guns and drug trade that puts more bodies in our morgues than terrorism ever will any less a threat to our way of life than Osama Bin Laden?

This guy is one of the real terrorists and should have been removed from society until he was a gray feeble old man. What I take from this is that if his last name had been Abu Karim Muhammad or something he would have been national news and taken out of circulation for more than a few years. Instead, we get to have him back on our streets in probably 3-4 years if he manages to not kill somebody while in jail. Good job judicial system!

2 Comments so far

  1. Frank (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Wow! Racist, ignorant, hyperbolic and completely fear-mongering all in one post. Bravo! You should be a Bush speech-writer.

    Comparing a dumb opportunist trying to make some money to the leader of an international terrorism group responsible for thousands of deaths is a little, oh I don’t know, ridiculous.

  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 8:57 am

    You know, YOU are the racist. I didn’t make any mention of the person in question’s race or anything. If anything I was complaining that our government stereotypes arabic persons while ignoring truly dangerous persons under our nose. But apparently no one can be upset about crimes committed by anybody without being called a racist of some sort. Sorry, race wasn’t part of my post or thought process, but obviously it was part of yours. Do you make all your decisions and opinions based on skin color, or just the ones regarding worrying about crime?

    As for fear mongering, seriously, are you new here to Central Florida? Have you not seen the drastically increasing violent crime stats? They have increased 50% each year over the last few years. People are being murdered left and right and it’s all due to a recent increase in arms and drugs activity, a part in which this dirt bag was playing. Whether he’s dumb or opportunistic is irrelevant to the actions he took. Why don’t you take a tally of how many people in Orlando terrorist have killed compared to how many gang and drug runners have killed? Tell me then just how ridiculous I am then to request that we punish real active criminals in our community a little more than we do these so called jihadist that have attacked our soil less time than I can count on one hand.

    So, go around and stick your head in the sand and say giving a crap about the crime in your community is fear mongering and somehow, I guess a Bush supporter (where the hell did that come from? I’m a Liberterian and never voted for Bush, but nice try.)

    And for your information he is an American Caucasian, being from Puerto Rico does not make you a new race, of which there are only three, despite what census try to claim. Don’t be ignorant.

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