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  • Good Suspicious: you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million
  • hmmff....I vaguely remember all of this, but after 9/11, had to stop watching the news and TV for a while as it was just too gross - not the actual attacks but the bumbling media coverage and race to the bottom to be "the first to break the story" of whatever was the revelation du jour.

    Anyway, this Dekkers character has had a lot of ink spilled on him over the years. Some by his own doing (if you read even a bit of what is out there he really comes off as a sleaze), and a lot because the media was having a cow over any smidgen of info they could capitalize on at the time.

    A quick Google Search brings up all sorts of stories, many written by people who do not appear to be much more trustworth than Dekkers. 

    Whatever.
  • Hmpphhh, yeah. You don't just wake up one day and suddenly realize being a drug mule might be a good career change when the spotlight is on you.. He was probably doing this before 9/11 also.
  • I don't think you guys understand the lengths republicans will go to.
  • I NEVER feel sorry for anyone who has a fortune and then loses it all. That is not an excuse to do this. He didn't want to change his lifestyle when he lost his business and wife. He could have just found a damn job like the rest of us.

    Merry Chrstmas?
  • KrispyKritter: [damox.com image 400x300]


    hotrink


    Very few here were old enough to remember that. He got off though didn't he?
  • Worst: You live in a society that enjoys ruining people for even having the most peripheral and unintentional involvement in a global tragedy.
  • CruiserTwelve: Good Suspicious: you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million


    Very much THIS. The guy has dirtbag written all over him.
  • Unlikely: "you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million"
  • Sorry buddy. You'll never outrun the shadow of 9/11. People will probably line up to piss on your grave.
  • CruiserTwelve: Good Suspicious: you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million


    This.

    Only way this could happen is if he'd inherited lots of money.

    //second career CFI
    //keeping day job
  • "he lived in a tony, Florida"

    Worst. Word. Ever.
  • This is what you get for being politically correct. If he'd called them suspicious, he'd have been labeled a racist by left wingers.
  • DubyaHater: Sorry buddy. You'll never outrun the shadow of 9/11. People will probably line up to piss on your grave.


    I just don't understand the demonizing of everybody associated with the tragedy. Yes, it was terrible. But do people really think that he knew what was going to happen with his trainees? This kind of response encourages more prejudice because everyone is afraid to help out anyone lest they do something terrible via your help.

    /it sucked, but just let it go, America
    //hates extremist, all kinds
  • Twelve million and he lost it all? That's supposed to be good right? I mean he was an evil rich person who didn't deserve any of the wealth he had.
  • homelessdude: hmmff....I vaguely remember all of this, but after 9/11, had to stop watching the news and TV for a while as it was just too gross - not the actual attacks but the bumbling media coverage and race to the bottom to be "the first to break the story" of whatever was the revelation du jour.

    Anyway, this Dekkers character has had a lot of ink spilled on him over the years. Some by his own doing (if you read even a bit of what is out there he really comes off as a sleaze), and a lot because the media was having a cow over any smidgen of info they could capitalize on at the time.

    A quick Google Search brings up all sorts of stories, many written by people who do not appear to be much more trustworth than Dekkers. 

    Whatever.


    This. Deckers courted the publicity at first, before it all turned on him. He has a checkered past and is far from a reliable witness to anything. I'd put him in the same group as Mike Vreeland; clearly they knew something about 9/11 and were tangentially involved, but any more than that we can't be sure.
  • CruiserTwelve: Good Suspicious: you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million


    iron_city_ap: Very much THIS. The guy has dirtbag written all over him.


    kradio: Unlikely: "you're a flight instructor with a net worth of $12 million"


    OrganLeroy: Only way this could happen is if he'd inherited lots of money.


    The base Salary of an average flight instructor in this country is nearly six figures.
  • OrganLeroy: Only way this could happen is if he'd inherited lots of money.


    I don't know about that. How many years did he spend training people who (though he may not have known it) were being bankrolled by Osama bin Laden? They could have kept him very well paid, so long as he didn't question too hard as to why...
  • Well, in his defense they probably didn't present any warning flags and this was pre-Islamaphobia. Not really accounting for his downward spiral but I guess having your livelyhood ruined would do that to some people.
  • Silly Jesus: This is what you get for being politically correct. If he'd called them suspicious, he'd have been labeled a racist by left wingers.


    Jeb will fix this for him then. The Reps protect their own.
  • SkunkWerks: Worst: You live in a society that enjoys ruining people for even having the most peripheral and unintentional involvement in a global tragedy.


    But if you have a direct link, such as those US military or intelligence officials who completely and utterly failed at their primary duty, maintaining the security of the USA, you not only do not lose your job, you get promoted.
  • There's no doubt this guy is a scumbag. However, from TFA I don't think they caught him with any actual drugs. It was a sting operation; they caught him with their planted drugs. And the reason they did that was because he told their undercover, who approached him with a job offer, that he had flown drugs before with no problems. I can easily see that being a lie in order to get the work. He was clearly desperate for income.  I just wonder how much evidence they have of actual crimes he did.
  • qualtrough: SkunkWerks: Worst: You live in a society that enjoys ruining people for even having the most peripheral and unintentional involvement in a global tragedy.

    But if you have a direct link, such as those US military or intelligence officials who completely and utterly failed at their primary duty, maintaining the security of the USA, you not only do not lose your job, you get promoted.


    Deckers played hard & fast with the truth and that got him into trouble. He made shiat up, he claimed certain things happened, he denied other things that clearly did happen. In short, it's easy to see why he was a person of interest, even if the FBI got to Huffman Aviation very quickly. Very quickly.
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