The “Flying Imams” won in court. I’m shocked – shocked – that they found a judge this stupid.
Reading the opinion elicits a question: Can we reasonably rely on law enforcement authorities to be so capable and diligent that they will arrive at appropriate determinations within a matter of a few minutes–when fifteen out of fifteen law enforcement professionals handled the case of the flying imams as they did?
The decision raises perhaps an even more basic question: What was law enforcement to do? Judge Montgomery believes the authorities were required to release the imams after a brief investigatory stop to go on their way and catch their flight or board another. The next time around, it will be the imams who fly and the other passengers who stay behind.
You can bet that nobody’s going to get me on the plane with guys who look and act like that. And that’s a very reasonable position.