A brief report buried in the single page USA Today insert inside the failing Arizona Republic newspaper is titled, “Airline: Mechanic attempted sabotage.”
This should rightfully have been given Page One coverage, but that was likely deemed politically incorrect by the Hillary-endorsing, far left newspaper.
Here are the facts: An American Airlines mechanic, arrested Thursday by federal air marshals and FBI agents, appeared in federal court Friday on a sabotage charge accusing him of purposely gluing foam inside the tube of an air data module, disabling a critical navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport in July. His actions were captured on surveillance video.
The reason? According to this criminal complaint filed in Miami federal court, employee Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, who is from Iraq but reportedly lived in the U.S. for decades, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations. Though his salary averaged $8,000 a month he admitted to investigators he was motivated by the potential for overtime pay.
Alani, was appointed a federal public defender by Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan after the saboteur claimed he was unable to pay for his own defense — although he admitted he owned property in Sarasota and leased two cars, a 2018 Honda and 2016 Camaro. Speaking in halting English, he also requested an Arabic interpreter to translate.
Not only did this criminal intentionally intend to endanger the lives of 150 passengers and crew based solely on greed, but he is playing American taxpayers and the legal system and getting away with it. Those nefarious motives are not enough for the local newspaper to give this prominent coverage, though it routinely finds ample space to attack President Donald Trump.