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April 8, 2005
Zero Hour

After having slept most of the day away, thanks to a flu or cold I haven't been able to shake for more than a week, I've missed most of the day's news and haven't blogged much as a result. I woke up in time for dinner and watched a movie with the First Mate, and now that she's ready to go to sleep ... I'm wide awake, of course.

Right now, I'm watching "Zero Hour" on the History Channel, a recreation of the last hour of American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11. It's pretty gripping, and so I'm caught up in this show rather than blogging. History Channel will repeat the show in about three hours or so, and if you get the opportunity, I'd recommend taping it.

UPDATE: Maybe when people watch this show, they'll understand why Michelle Malkin writes about idiotic lapses such as these:

An anti-terrorism task force headed by the FBI has issued a special alert bulletin concerning a man who authorities said took flight lessons while in the United States illegally.

The man, Zayed Christopher Hajaig, has been located in the United Kingdom, said Steve Emmett, a special agent with the FBI in Atlanta. Hajaig has not been taken into custody, Emmett said, but the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has been alerted, and his name has been placed on a "no-fly" list.

The Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force -- a special anti-terrorism unit of local law enforcement and federal authorities -- issued the bulletin Thursday night. Hajaig took lessons at a flight school near Atlanta in Gwinnett County, Emmett said.

Someone from the school alerted authorities when Hajaig attempted to have his instructor upgrade his flight rating when he wasn't yet qualified, he said. Emmett also said Hajaig attempted to have the flight school accelerate his training schedule.

"All flight schools after 9/11 have been asked to increase their state of alertness," Emmett said. "They've been asked to report any suspicious behavior."

Can we start requiring some background checks for commercial flight training now?

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