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    Admittedly this guy is an idiot....but come on 25yrs?

    [url=http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2005-01-04-laser-aircraft_x.htm]http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2005-0...-aircraft_x.htm[/url]

    N.J. man charged with aiming laser at aircraft
    By Alan Levin, USA TODAY

    A New Jersey man was charged Tuesday under federal anti-terrorism laws with shining a laser beam at a charter jet flying over his home, temporarily distracting the pilots.

    If convicted of anti-terrorism violations, David Banach of Parsippany, N.J., faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000.

    David Banach, 38, is the first person charged in a rash of recent incidents in which lasers were shined at aircraft around the country. Justice Department officials said they do not suspect terrorism in any of the cases, but said Banach's arrest shows how seriously they take the matter.

    "We need to send a clear message to the public that there is no harmless mischief when it comes to airplanes," said Christopher Christie, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey.

    Banach made an initial appearance in court Tuesday and was released on $100,000 bond. He was charged with interfering with a flight crew under the USA Patriot Act. He also was charged with lying to federal officers. The charges carry a maximum jail sentence of 25 years.

    Unrelated incidents of laser beams hitting planes have been reported in Medford, Ore.; Colorado Springs; Cleveland; Houston and Washington.

    Banach's attorney blasted federal officials for what she called an overreaction. "One would think they would want to devote their time and resources to prosecuting real terrorists, not people like my client," Gina Mendola-Longarzo told the Associated Press.

    She said her client was playing with his young daughter, using the laser's narrow green beam to point at stars and illuminating trees and neighbor's houses. FBI agents and police swarmed Banach's Parsnippany, N.J., home Friday night after a green laser was pointed at a police helicopter overhead. The helicopter was carrying a charter jet pilot who was attempting to locate the source of a green laser beam that hit his flight on Dec. 29 as it prepared to land at nearby Teterboro Airport.

    After being taken to an FBI office and given a lie-detector test, Banach said he had hit the jet with the beam, court documents say. During questioning by the FBI, Banach showed an agent his laser. After the agent switched it on, Banach warned him "not to shine the laser in his eyes because it could blind him," the court documents say.

    Lasers have become increasingly cheap and commonplace in recent years. Thousands of inexpensive lasers used for home repair jobs were sold before Christmas, some for as little as $15.

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    thank god we got him!!!

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    If the guy blinded a pilot and something happened causing hundred's of people to die, would 25 years be too much?

    You libs are just unbelievable.

    Just pretend Dick Cheney pointed that laser, that may help.

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    Just like when Senator Kennedy(Drunkard-Chowdland) whines about torture while trying to make points vs. AG Gonzalez. If your sister was on that plane that this moron conceivably could've downed with dangerous behavior, would you feel differently?

    Same idea-Senator Boozebag-we have a terrorist in custody who planted a nuclear weapon near Fanueil Hall. We know that in 3 hours it will explode killing millions of your constituents and Tom Brady if we don't find out from him where he put it. Is there any doubt Senator Drunko would gladly volunteer to put a cattle prod to the scummer's balls inside of 30 seconds of being told as much?

    It's a balancing test. If the harm was a guy only parked in front of a fire hydrant, the punishment would be much less. A dangerous and illegal act, but the potential for harm is much less. Life is not a rhetorical exercise played out in the abstract behind ivory towers.

    And sadly, in this world, it's only a matter of time until some law enforcement people will have to make such decisions on the fly.

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    The man won't get 25 years in prison, but I agree with everyone else. If this guy blinded the pilot and caused the plane to crash, people would want his head.


    If he gets convicted, I think he'll get 5 years at most.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Bugg[/i]@Jan 10 2005, 05:54 PM
    [b]Just like when Senator Kennedy(Drunkard-Chowdland) whines about torture while trying to make points vs. AG Gonzalez. If your sister was on that plane that this moron conceivably could've downed with dangerous behavior, would you feel differently?

    Same idea-Senator Boozebag-we have a terrorist in custody who planted a nuclear weapon near Fanueil Hall. We know that in 3 hours it will explode killing millions of your constituents and Tom Brady if we don't find out from him where he put it. Is there any doubt Senator Drunko would gladly volunteer to put a cattle prod to the scummer's balls inside of 30 seconds of being told as much?

    It's a balancing test. If the harm was a guy only parked in front of a fire hydrant, the punishment would be much less. A dangerous and illegal act, but the potential for harm is much less. Life is not a rhetorical exercise played out in the abstract behind ivory towers.

    And sadly, in this world, it's only a matter of time until some law enforcement people will have to make such decisions on the fly.[/b][/quote]


    What was hysterical is that fat piece of sh!t kennedy had the gall to talk about waterboarding!!! Now that's pretty hysterical!

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    and the guy orriginally blamed his 7 yr old daughter. The penalty is too harsh, but a message has to be sent in some form. Sucks to be him.

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