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Reaganís answer to Snowdenís flight: force the plane down
Rare.US ^ | June 23, 2013 | James S. Robbins

Posted on 06/23/2013 2:46:32 PM PDT by Abakumov

On Sunday, NSA leaker Edward Snowden landed in Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong. The United States had asked for Snowden’s extradition, but officials in Hong Kong said the request did not comply with their laws. Snowden will probably not be allowed to stay in Russia, and reports vary on where the fugitive will go next – Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, or some other questionable country.

The flight from Hong Kong took Washington by surprise, and it is unclear when Snowden will make the next leg of his journey into permanent exile. But the Obama administration might take a lesson from Ronald Reagan. The Gipper’s solution to apprehending airborne fugitives was to go up and get them.

On October 10, 1985, four Palestinian terrorists boarded an EgyptAir 737 charter flight for Tunis. Three days earlier they had hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, holding the passengers and crew hostage and murdering wheelchair-bound 69-year old American tourist Leon Klinghoffer. After the ship docked at Port Said, the Egyptian government secretly agreed to let the hijackers fly to PLO headquarters in Tunis to “face judgment” (and no doubt praise) from Yassir Arafat.

The Egyptians kept mum on where EgyptAir flight 2843 was headed, but U.S. and Israeli intelligence quickly found out. President Reagan was on Air Force One heading for Chicago when he got word. Reagan was determined to bring the hijackers to justice; the Pentagon had been readying SEAL Team 6 to board the Achille Lauro but had to call off the raid when the hijackers fled into Egypt’s territorial waters. Now the Gipper had another chance. He ordered Carrier Air Wing 17, based on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga, to intercept the 737 and escort it to the NATO Naval Air Station at Sigonella, Italy.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: benghazi; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; nsa; obama; reagan; snowden
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1 posted on 06/23/2013 2:46:32 PM PDT by Abakumov
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To: Abakumov

I do not consider this man a criminal.

I consider Obama, Holder and the people violating my Constitutional rights the criminals.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 2:50:04 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Abakumov

Let’s not aid the NSA’s illegal spying on Americans.


3 posted on 06/23/2013 2:50:38 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Abakumov

The difference is forcing down an EgyptAir plane vs an Aeroflot plane. Which one might have a fighter escort? And the crimes are quite different.


4 posted on 06/23/2013 2:50:51 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Abakumov

Uh no. Reagan would NOT have shot Snowden’s plane down.
What a disgusting analogy!


5 posted on 06/23/2013 2:51:20 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Venturer

I couldn’t agree with you more.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 2:53:13 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: Abakumov
If they force the flight down they will then face a messy trial with an open discovery process.

He will be shot down.

7 posted on 06/23/2013 2:53:58 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Abakumov

It never would have gotten to this point under Reagan, he respected the privacy of law-abiding Americans.


8 posted on 06/23/2013 2:54:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Abakumov

Speculation about what Reagan would do ? He wouldn’t! Because he wouldn’t allow government sticking its nose into everybodys business. He wouldn’t particularly in this case because they critisized his policies.


9 posted on 06/23/2013 2:55:35 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Abakumov

A shame the author doesn’t know anything about Reagan; yet, feels free to write about him which ends up being a lie. Why use FR bandwidth’s on this junk?


10 posted on 06/23/2013 2:56:18 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Abakumov

Considering the criminal activity exposed by him of the regime. I’m on his side for the moment at least.


11 posted on 06/23/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Venturer

Gonna be a real interesting scramble when some of the other thousands of Snowdens our government hired decide they’ve had enough and start leaking at will.


12 posted on 06/23/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Abakumov

There is no comparison to those 2 events.


13 posted on 06/23/2013 2:56:54 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Brad's Gramma

I agree. Regan would not shoot Snowdon’s plane down. Obammie might, but Reagan wouldn’t. Couldn’t even.

Reagans administration would have had no tolerance for this NSA secrecy and spying.

Obama on the other hand - thrives on it.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 2:57:27 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Abakumov

The writer of this article is obviously not very bright.


15 posted on 06/23/2013 2:57:31 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: Abakumov

Waste of resources. Shoot the scumbag when he exits the plane.


16 posted on 06/23/2013 2:57:55 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Abakumov

Isn’t there a secret memo in the DOJ saying the President can order the assassination of whomever he decides, wherever that person is. Somebody said the guy is a traitor. What more due process does Obama need?


17 posted on 06/23/2013 2:58:38 PM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: plain talk
Shoot the scumbag when he exits the plane.

That's the "Chicago Way."

18 posted on 06/23/2013 2:58:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: plain talk

Unreasonable to waste a perfectly useful plane.


19 posted on 06/23/2013 3:00:52 PM PDT by muawiyah (Get your RED (state) Arm Bands ~)
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To: Abakumov

Putting aside the bizarre comparison between Edward Snowden and Abu Nidal, this author seems to have forgotten than forcing Nidal’s plane down didn’t do any good. The Italians simply put him on another plane and let him go.


20 posted on 06/23/2013 3:03:27 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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