September 11, 2001: Terrorists and hijackers run up
they cannot possibly pay
(By the way, does anyone still think
is "overreacting" to suicide bombers???)
December 7, 1941: destruction of the U.S.S. Arizona
It was fun for the perpetrators while it lasted...
... but the final bill was pretty expensive, wasn't it? (Nagasaki,
Online Memorial to Osama bin Laden
(Added as U.S. and Northern Alliance troops
January __ 2002
|George Bush: "I want bin Laden dead or
alive." I think
Patrick McGoohan put it much better as Edward Longshanks in Braveheart:
"I want him alive; dead will do just as well." (Bin Laden is, however,
no William Wallace.)
What to do with bin Laden's remains:
"Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."
---Clint Eastwood as the Outlaw Josey Wales
Other pages: Omdurman.org:exposing
the threat of militant "Islam," a defilement of mainstream Islam.
- Letter to the editor
- Write to Congress and the President
- This is not Patriotism: these people
are doing the enemy's work for him, even if it's unintentional.
- Terrorists: what you accomplished
- How to kill "Shahids" on airplanes.
professional martial arts advice.)
- Poetry for the terrorists
Other people's pages:
Letter to the Editor
This is NOT Patriotism
We should not succumb to impulse; we should
The Palestinians who celebrated the recent destruction of the World
Center and Pentagon made a hateful and loathsome spectacle of
It was probably within our power to launch a warplane from an
carrier and drop a laser-guided bomb into their midst. Doing so would
been an emotionally gratifying object lesson but our country does
not punish people for what they say - and those cheering
Violent actions are, of course, another matter and the
of Tuesday's events deserve extermination as soon as we identify them.
The world should remember what happened to the last group of people who
did something like this to the United States on December 7, 1941. Our
actions must remind the world of that, "pour encourager les autres."
actual meaning is "as an example to" as opposed to "encourage.")
We must also remember that Tuesday's events were not perpetrated
Islamic militants, but by terrorists and war criminals who call
Muslims. They are about as Islamic as the Spanish Inquisition was
Technology exists for remote-control
piloting of aircraft. It is probably within our ability to fit
aircraft with devices that could allow a pilot on the ground to
a plane's controls and land it safely no matter what the people in the
cockpit did. This would deprive hijackers of their strongest threat,
ability to crash an aircraft by overpowering the crew and seizing the
It is probably within our ability to fit commercial aircraft with
that could allow a pilot on the ground to override a plane's controls
land it safely no matter what the people in the cockpit did. This would
deprive hijackers of their strongest threat, the ability to crash an
by overpowering the crew and seizing the controls. It also might be
as an option for private aircraft, e.g. to save the plane and its
if the pilot becomes incapacitated.
William A. Levinson
Write to the President and to
Subject: Terrorist attack of 09/11/01
(1) Presidential Medal of Freedom for Flight 93 heroes
(2) Opposition to curtailment of civil liberties and privacy
(3) Recommendation: remote piloting capability for commercial aircraft
Dear President Bush, Rep. Kanjorski, Senator Specter, Senator
(1) I believe that the passengers, both known and unknown, who
the hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93 should receive the
Medal of Freedom posthumously. (I am aware that the Congressional Medal
of Honor is reserved for military personnel.) Although they failed to
themselves and their fellow passengers, they prevented the terrorists
using the airplane to achieve their primary objective. They also set an
example to be followed by passengers who find themselves in similar
(2) I am absolutely against intrusive measures like gun control,
identity cards, authorization of law enforcement agencies to monitor
and telephone conversations (without warrants), and the like. If out
invades its citizens' privacy and restricts their freedom then our
have won, even if we hunt down and exterminate every last one of them—
a course of action I happen to favor, by the way.
- Decorations might also be considered for New York City
who risked, or lost, their lives while responding to the World Trade
(3) The Federal Aviation Administration should investigate the
of requiring remote piloting capability for all commercial
(This also could be offered as an option for private aircraft.) In the
event of a hijacking or other emergency, a ground-based pilot could
control of the aircraft and land it safely no matter what happened in
cockpit. This would deprive hijackers of their strongest threat, the
of crashing the plane and killing everyone aboard. It also could save
(single-pilot) planes in the event of the pilot's incapacity due, for
to a heart attack.
- I am in favor of putting armed law enforcement officers on
and copilots also could be armed if they received specialized training
on how to use a firearm safely in an aircraft that is full of innocent
On gun control and our current situation:
The terrorists deliberately used aircraft that were full of
men, women, and children, as suicide missiles with which to kill other
civilians. There are obviously no compunctions that would stop these
from shooting up a hospital, church, synagogue, day care center,
nursing home, shopping mall, or similar building or area. One of these
"shahids" (martyrs) could do a lot of damage before police arrived and
dealt with him. An armed citizen with a CCW (carry concealed weapon)
or a neighbor with a firearm in his/her home, could intervene far more
As far as I am concerned, any politician who still advocates more
control is (through misguided actions as opposed to intention—
have no friends in any American political party) aiding the enemy by
it easier for "shahids" to kill our citizens. The same applies to the
organizations (by no means a comprehensive list), and I hope they will
at least stand neutral on the Second Amendment if they cannot bring
to support it:
- American Jewish Congress *‡
- American Medical Association President Richard Corlin, MD*
- Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (CPHV), aka Handgun Control
aka Brady Campaign
- Doctors Against Handgun Injury (DAHI)
- Million Mom March (to merge with the CPHV), currently opposes
even for citizens who pass a background check.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) *‡
- Violence Policy Center*
* believed to be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
‡ As a Jewish American, I encourage these organizations to understand
why Ma'alot was the last notable (or even the last) school shooting in
Israel, even though there are plenty of "shahids" who would doubtlessly
shoot up an Israeli school if they could. Hint: it doesn't involve
William A. Levinson
The following people and organizations are doing the
work for him. The following are malicious and they are outright scum.
Gun Control Supporters
Mom March, Handgun Control Inc.): where
do you stand?
- War profiteers
- The gas stations that raised their prices to $4 or $5 a gallon
of the attack. I would have photographed them (business name and price)
and posted the photos on the Internet (while giving copies to their
- People who attack Arab-Americans
and American Muslims (perhaps not malicious, just grossly
- Who are they really helping by lashing out, sometimes
loyal American citizens?
- It's cowardly; their victims are peaceful people, not
- For those calling for internment or expulsion of
what we did to Japanese-Americans in 1941? Our country is ashamed of
and rightly so.
- Identity thieves
- They asked for social security numbers for World Trade Center
on the pretense of trying to help locate them!
THEY detest war as a very brutal thing; and which, to the reproach
of human nature, is more practised by men than by any sort of
Million Mom March president Mary Leigh Blek told the following whopper
at the United
Nations a while ago:
beasts. They, in opposition to the sentiments of almost all other
think that there is nothing more inglorious than that glory that is
gained by war. And therefore though they accustom themselves daily
to military exercises and the discipline of war-- in which not only
their men but their women likewise are trained up, that in cases of
necessity they may not be quite useless--yet they do not rashly engage
in war, unless it be either to defend themselves, or their friends,
from any unjust aggressors; or out of good-nature or in compassion
assist an oppressed nation in shaking off the yoke of tyranny.
-Sir Thomas More, Utopia
MARY LEIGH BLEK, Million Mom March: "The gun lobby has been
for 40 minutes. During that time, 40 people have died from the
of small arms and light weapons in this country. That figure, not
the statement of those representatives, is further proof that this
is at war."
No, Ms. Blek, our country was not at war then, but it
now. Gun control supporters: are you going to line up with the
of United Airlines Flight 93, who at least tried to fight back against
their killers? Or are you going to help the enemies of the United
by disarming your fellow citizens and turning our streets into
killing zones for any monster who decides to follow up on the events of
I know you would not knowingly help the enemies of the
States; the scum who perpetrated the terrorism have no friends in this
country. You might do so through misguided actions. For example, during
the Second World War, a stranger who asked when a certain ship could be
a Nazi spy who would then tell a waiting U-boat. That's why Second
War posters said, "Loose lips sink ships."
Think about the subhumans who perpetrated the World Trade Center and
Pentagon attacks. They thought nothing of hijacking airplanes full of
men, women, and children, and then flying those airplanes into
full of more civilians. Do you think that anyone like them, e.g.
agents in the United States, would have any qualms about walking into a
school, hospital, church, synagogue, nursing home, office, or shopping
mall, and opening fire? If you agitate for disarmament of your
citizens you will make that monster's job all that much easier.
The heroes on Flight 93 didn't survive, although their courageous
may well have saved others on the ground. That armed citizen with
CCW (Carry Concealed Weapon) permit might be tomorrow's hero when some
monster starts shooting (or knifing, or bombing). Do
you want to be responsible for disarming the hero/heroine?
K-Mart pulled firearms and ammunition from its
store on September 11, when Americans might have needed them more than
ever. Wal-Mart did not (gun sales were up 70 percent, ammunition sales
140 percent, per the 09/18 Wall Street Journal). Wal-Mart
is getting my business from now on.
Terrorists: what you
- You killed several thousand of our citizens, about
many as the
treacherous Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. These are our only
- Do you remember what happened to the perpetrators of that
on our military forces? Yours murdered civilians: unarmed men,
- You caused perhaps $15 or $20 billion in damage. To a country
domestic product (GDP) on the order of eight trillion dollars,
is negligible. $15 or $20 billion is pocket change to the mightiest
- You even created construction jobs to stimulate our economy,
to repair the damage you did.
- You've also increased sales of American flags, firearms, and
Just what we need to get our economy going again!
- Unlike the Japanese, you did not injure any part of our
the ones that will soon be coming to kill you.
- You destroyed the tallest buildings in the world. We will
or even build better ones. You will not be alive to see them.
"As for what a true martyr can expect, Chief Mufti of the Palestinian
Authority Police, Sheik Abd Al-Salam Skheidm, spelled it out in 1999.
the moment his first drop of blood spills, he feels no pain and he is
of all his sins; he sees his seat in heaven; he is spared the
of the grave; he is spared the horrors of the Day of Judgment; he is
to 70 black-eyed women; he can vouch for 70 of his family members to
paradise; he earns the crown of glory, whose precious stone is worth
the world." (Mona Charen, "U.S. needs to recognize differences
Palestinian, Israeli responses.")
for FBI "Wanted" information for Osama bin Laden. Warning: he is
to be armed and dangerous.
How can you tell when a terrorist is well hung?
A: You can't get your finger between his neck and the noose.
Given the popularity of the Lord of the Rings movies,
resist the following. Given the amazing effectiveness of Yankee
and innovation, you realize of course that we COULD have something like
How to Kill Terrorists on
First, adopt the right mindset:
This information is unlikely to help hijackers. If
passengers see a few people (males, and probably although not
necessarily of Middle Eastern origin) begin to assemble items of this
nature, they will notify the flight crew and take combined action to
stop them. If a hijacking is already in progress, however, assembly of
these improvised weapons becomes a legitimate activity ("reasonable and
The press, academe, and the law enforcement establishment preach: Do
not fight back! On the street, in your home, on the airplane, on the
seas, anywhere, anytime. Do not fight back! You may be hurt.
Of course you may be hurt. You may be killed. As my daughter put it
just last week: "Big deal. You expect to live forever?"
---Colonel Jeff Cooper, To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
...Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height.
---King Henry V, Act III, Scene 2
The following does not constitute professional martial arts
I am not a professional martial arts instructor.
Several things should be available in magazine racks and carry-on
that, while they do not constitute weapons by any stretch of the
can be converted into such for use against hijackers. Note that the FAA
is now banning pocket knives of any kind, although a formerly legal
knife (under 4 inches or 10 cm) is more a tool than a weapon.
It certainly lacks the stopping power to deliver an immediately
wound unless its user gets very lucky. If a hijacker stabs you with one
you are very unlikely to die or suffer permanent injury, and
sight of your fellow passengers beating the hijacker to death should
your mind off any discomfort for a while.
This information should not be helpful to "shahids" because they
be far outnumbered by their intended victims, who will have access to
items. And that is the idea. It's doubtful that anyone is going to
a laptop computer, camera, magazine, etc. and announce, "This is a
- Heavy items like laptop computers and cameras can be turned
A metal camera can be held in the hand and used as one might use a
Drive the edge of the laptop into the terrorist's head. A blow to the
may crush the hijacker's windpipe and result in death. A blow to the
of the skull from behind also is good. Remember (when hitting with
to hit through and not at the target. If you aim at the throat,
for example, pretend that you want to hit the back of the hijacker's
- A tightly rolled-up magazine might be useful for thrusting
the hijacker is unlikely to do much good), especially into the face and
throat. A rolled magazine into the hijacker's eye will cause
pain and may incapacitate him long enough for someone to finish him.
will the points of most writing instruments.) A thrust anywhere into
face is likely to cause considerable pain and distraction, although it
is not likely to put him down. The idea is to give another passenger a
chance to get him from the side or from behind.
- If you get an opportunity to jump a shahid from behind,
off your belt (men) and making it into a noose. Throw it over the
head and pull tight with both hands while keeping a foot or knee in the
middle of the terrorist's back. (This may also keep some distance
you and him if he has a knife.) Keep pulling until he goes down and
moving, and then perhaps another minute or so to make sure. Other
should cooperate by occupying his hands so he can't get the belt off
- If a hijacker is brought down, he may be stomped to death.
stamp as if you're aiming at the floor of the aircraft, not at the
body. Always remember to hit through, not at.
- It is illegal to
carry pepper spray, tear gas, or spray paint into the
passenger cabin but spraying anything into the
hijacker's face will slow him up for at least a few seconds, whereupon
he can be mobbed and beaten to death. Even a drink (preferably
or carbonated) will disorient him for a moment. Powder (e.g. foot
should have the same effect as dust or dirt in the eyes.
regulations do not allow spray paint in carry-on luggage, or even
in checked luggage (probably because a container with compressed gas is
- If the aircraft has a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, this
into the hijacker's face. The discharge is extremely cold and it should
cause temporary blindness, while inhalation of the carbon dioxide will
have unpleasant effects as well. If the horn can be broken off the
first, this is even better. I was told in a laboratory safety class
the discharge from that can cut flesh.
- A cane (e.g. borrowed from a handicapped person) is probably
than a knife. Thrusting, as if with a bayoneted rifle, is likely to be
more effective than cutting. Remember to hit at an imaginary target
or behind the hijacker's body. Metal-tipped umbrellas can be used
but are likely to buckle if thrust into the body. The face is a better
- Your seat's flotation cushion can be used as a shield against
the hijackers have them. Its two straps can, in fact, probably be held
on your weaker (usually left) arm like a medieval shield.
- Remember, the human is by instinct a social herd animal-- or
Hijackers can herd docile passengers like sheep but passengers who
the mindset of a pack of wolves can maul and kill hijackers. Col. Jeff
Cooper's To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth says that
passengers of an Air Iberia flight killed two hijackers, whose bodies
moved out of the way by the crew. The flight attendents then passed out
free drinks ("Now comes Miller Time"). Give way to the mob instinct,
that there is sometimes "a time to kill."
- Don't take the law into your own hands if you render a
helpless but don't give him the benefit of the doubt either. Many of
are willing to blow themselves (and you) up if their mission is
failing. Don't endanger your fellow passengers or your flight crew by
unnecessary chances. Furthermore, it's doubtful that any jury will
you of "excessive force" no matter what you do to them.
- A commercial pilot's advice, from The
Washington Times www.washtimes.com 19 Sept 2001 "Aboard Flight
564," Peter Hannaford Published 9/19/2001: "If someone were to stand
something such as a plastic knife and say 'This is a hijacking' or
to that effect here is what you should do: Every one of you
stand up and immediately throw things at that person - pillows, books,
magazines, eyeglasses, shoes - anything that will throw him off balance
and distract his attention. If he has a confederate or two, do the same
with them. Most important: get a blanket over
then wrestle him to floor and keep him there. We'll land the
at the nearest airport and the authorities will take it from
- Letter to the editor from Brad Rohdenburg, Captain, American
Street Journal, 9/21/01: "As We Become Sheep, Wolves Will Eat Us."
He says that other pilots are sharpening belt buckles, screwdrivers,
pens "so that they might have a prayer of defending their $30 million
from guys with boxcutters." My comment: you don't need to sharpen the
to have an effective penetrating weapon (and you can reverse it and hit
the bad guy with the handle, sort of like using a roll of quarters).
they're illegal in some jurisdictions ("dangerous devices/
A sharpened screwdriver has no conceivable legal purpose but an
unsharpened screwdriver is a tool. (As I understand, however,
does not allow passengers to carry tools of any size, so don't bring
any kind of screwdriver aboard. The tiny jeweler's screwdrivers
are found in eyeglass repair kits are listed as an exception.)
- Sporting goods such as golf clubs, ski poles, and baseball
bats are not allowed as carry-on items. Martial arts weapons are not
- From talk.politics.guns: 12-ounce soft drink cans (preferably
unopened) become 3/4 pound missiles when thrown at the hijackers.
[Update 11/07/03. The Transportation Security Agency's site says that soda cans may NOT be brought aboard aircraft.
I assume the reason is that the can might contain something other than
a beverage, and the contents cannot be seen in an X-ray.] They
can also be put into a sturdy garment (jacket, shirt, trouser leg...
not familiar with nylon stockings, how strong are they???) and wielded
as a club. A new graphic to add to the pictoral safety instructions in
Per Marc "Animal" MacYoung, a bar of soap inside a sock also makes
a good sap or blackjack.
More ideas from talk.politics.guns
A heavy, shapened belt buckle. A belt. Many synthetic material
and boot soles have steel reinforcement inside that can be revealed by
removing the insole. A high heeled woman's shoe to the temple. Order a
whiskey or a rum straight, if availabrle, and save to use as a flaming
weapon. Spitting a
Marc "Animal" MacYoung, Pool
Cues, Beer Bottles, & Baseball Bats: Animal's Guide to
Weapons for Self-Defense and Survival
high alcohol drink into a flame is pretty impressive. Carry a well
used smoking pipe with you that has a sharp pointed metal filter.
I used to own one that had a needle point sharp piece of steel inside.
Carry a cane. Select brief cases with easy to reove metal trim that can
be used as weapons. Pack
clothing that is highly flamable in carryon luggage. Burning nylon
flung overhead releases burning blobs of melted nylon.
Carry a roll of quarters. A leather belt wrapped around the
of your hand, or used as a garote. A pair of panty hose asa a garote,
as a sling
for that can of soda or roll of quarters. [Update 11/07/03. The
Transportation Security Agency's site says that soda cans may NOT be brought aboard aircraft.
I assume the reason is that the can might contain something other than
a beverage, and the contents cannot be seen in an X-ray.]
Sharpen the edges of an inactive credit card. [Personal comment; I
would be reluctant to carry anything that authorities could justifiably
construe as having no legitimate purpose.] Carry items made of hard
plastic that can be broken to form sharp edges. Pour that mini bottle
whiskey onto a magazine, light the magazine on fire and throw it at the
to distract him(them). You'd be surprised how sharp even soft plastic
if it is torn. Ever slice your hand tearing the soft plastic top off of
one of those water cooler bottles?
Cayene pepper. Black pepper. Salt. All of these are great if you
them in an attacker's eyes.
- Sap or blackjack: a bar of soap inside a sock. A shoe
in this role. Even a blow from a tennis shoe is painful and can stun if
it strikes the head, and a leather shoe hits even harder.
- Yawara stick: "a hand-held hunk of hard wood or iron
the hardness of the hand when striking." A hairbrush, roll of coins, or
lipstick container can fill this role. (Other items mentioned, like
fittings, socket wrenches, and steel dowels may be perceived as having
no legitimate purpose in carry-on luggage. I think TSA
regulations prohibit any kind of tools in carry-on luggage.) The
author says that a blunt
yawara stick can be used for a "spike punch," which concentrates the
force in a one square inch area (or less): "Be careful of these blows
the head. The spike punch can literally punch a hole in someone's head.
If they die, it could mean a murder rap for you." Of course, in the
of a hijacking, we are talking justifiable homicide (protecting dozens
of innocent passengers and crew members), so a fatal outcome is
- Ripper: Keys between the fingers (with the keys
rings also are effective but I wouldn't vouch for their legality in all
jurisdictions, or of their acceptability under the new FAA security
These are heavy metal rings with eagle faces that have beaks and
or Vikings with horned helmets and forked beards.)
- Garrotte: A man's tie can be used to give a terrorist
of what was once known as a "necktie party" (hanging). So can a
or belt. Caution: the hijacker can defeat this by putting his chin on
chest if you're not fast enough.
- Playing cards: "Playing cards, believe it or not, can
pretty hard. In fact, you can actually kill people with them if you get
good enough. It's a matter of speed." The reference says that a man
throw cards at two hundred miles an hour, and that he succeeded in
an antelope with a card. Any ultimate frisbee players out there want to
give it a try against targets and let me know? (UncleRomulus "at"
Probably something you want to practice before you really need it.
- Liquids: Any drink, thrown into the hijacker's eyes,
you don't have a drink, spitting into the hijacker's eyes is a good way
to introduce yourself.
- Peanuts: the salted kind, thrown into the hijacker's
Capture or kill?
(This is not legal advice, I am not a lawyer.) It's illegal
to take the law into one's own hands, e.g. by lynching a hijacker who
obviously unable to offer further harm. "Obviously unable to offer
harm" is, however, a big requirement:
A followup on the above, "Capture or Kill?" In Israel, two very brave
apprehended a terrorist with an explosive belt. They held him down and
told the people around them to get away. They also tried to talk the
into surrendering but he continued to struggle. The two men realized
he was going to get loose. One said, "I'll count to three, then run."
did and they escaped safely. The terrorist, however, detonated his
killed a 71-year-old woman, and wounded several other innocent people.
Had the two men asked a third person to do what I described above--
stomp the terrorist's head until he dies, or strangle him with a
woman would probably be alive today. They are still heroes (their
action saved at least a dozen other innocent people) but this example
why terrorists should not be given the benefit of the doubt.
- As shown by suicide bombings in Israel and four airplane
11, 2001, I think a "reasonable person" (the standard for justifiable
can assume that the hijacker will kill himself and as many nearby
as possible rather than be captured. He may have a bomb with which to
this if his mission is going bad. An attempt to take him prisoner could
therefore endanger you and everyone around you, if not the entire
As I see it, no one has a moral obligation to take that risk and, if I
was on a jury, I'd say no one has a legal obligation to take that risk.
- See above. During the Second World War, Japanese soldiers would
feign surrender. When they got close to their prospective captors,
take out grenades and blow themselves up with as many Americans as they
could get in the lethal radius. To take a Japanese prisoner, therefore,
the Americans would keep him out of grenade range, probably with a
of M-1 rifles aimed at him in case he tried anything. Then they'd tell
him to strip to the waist (and possibly remove his pants) and turn
so they could see that he didn't have any explosives. Only then was he
allowed to approach the Americans. On an airplane, you have no firearms
with which to hold the hijacker at thirty or forty paces, which you
have either. Conclusion: KILL, even if the terrorist says he
- Since he knows your first inclination will be to pinion or
if you capture him, he may have a way to set off his bomb that you
possibly imagine. Killing him endangers you and the bystanders only if
he has a dead-man switch, one that functions when he dies. One that
his vital functions (heartbeat, respiration, temperature) and sets off
his bomb if he dies is an example, but this would have to be pretty
I'd suspect that letting him live is even more dangerous because, even
if he doesn't have a dead-man switch, he might easily have a manual
- Remember that President Bush has authorized the Air Force
any commercial planes that are apparently going to be used as kamikazes.
You cannot afford to let the hijackers get control of the airplane. If
they have control you must take it away from them as quickly as
with no nonsense and no delays. If some prosecutor actually objects to
your actions, the President's order can be introduced as evidence in
(to show that a "reasonable person" would indeed be in fear of his/her
life). Conclusion: KILL.
(9/6/04). An account of the destruction of two Russian airplanes by
terrorists says that at least one of the aircraft transmitted a
hijacking alert, after which it was destroyed by an explosion.
This suggests that the terrorist(s) tried to take over the aircraft but
was defeated by the passengers, whereupon he/they executed their "Plan
B"-- blow up the aircraft to kill everyone on board and avoid being
taken alive. (If the terrorists had just wanted to blow up the
aircraft, they would not have announced a hijacking.) This reinforces
the undesirability of risking the aircraft and all aboard by trying to
take the terrorists alive. Conclusion: KILL.
The Dead-Man Switch: Your Worst Nightmare
The worst case hijacking that I can envision is one in which
a hijacker has his hand on a button that (he says) will explode his
if he releases it. If you rush him and get him (he says), you'll be
up, and so will the airplane. The following is not macho talk (macho is
really an immature form of what Machiavelli calls virtu, or
and resolution) but simple engineering/ managerial decision science.
Jettison the terrorists--- dead or alive.
There is a saying in chess that the threat is stronger than the
Consider the following possibilities if you rush him with the intention
of killing him:
- Worst case: his bomb is real. You are no worse off than you
would be if
you allow him to complete his mission. Maybe the airplane survives,
it doesn't. It depends on how big his bomb is and where it explodes.
better than letting the terrorists use the plane as a bomb or
deliberately fly it into the ground (as they did when they were losing
control of Flight 93) because that
leaves zero chance of survival.
- Best case: he was bluffing. You live, he dies, and the
crew, and your fellow passengers survive.
My inclination would be to ask the pilot to descend to a fairly low
altitude, equalize the cabin pressure with the outside, get a door
and throw the terrorists overboard in case one is wearing a time bomb.
(He doesn't need to be free or even alive to set it off!) This might be
safer than trying to undress them to search for a bomb... and what do
do if you find one? Remember, if they plan to crash the plane into some
buildings, they don't intend for the plane to land safely at its
visitors since 9 January 2003