BLAMBLAMBLAM! “Stop or I’ll shoot!”
“He was belligerent. He threatened that he had a bomb in his backpack,” said Brian Doyle, spokesman for the U.S. Homeland Security Department. “The officers clearly identified themselves and yelled at him to ‘get down, get down.’ Instead, he made a move toward the backpack.”
Two passengers, however, said they did not hear Alpizar mention a bomb.
Passenger John Mcalhany told The Associated Press on Thursday that Alpizar bumped into him as he ran off the aircraft, and he did not hear him say anything about a bomb.
“The first time I heard the word bomb was when I was interviewed by the FBI,” McAlhany said. “They kept asking if I heard him say the B-word. And I said, ‘What is the B-word?’ And they were like, ‘Bomb.’ I said no. They said, ‘Are you sure?’ And I am.”
This is a test to see how the American public will react. Will we respond with the apathy of our British cousins to the murder of a Brazilian national in the London tube, or will we step back from the abyss and demand restraint from the secret police being deployed around us?