Smerconish Rallies Support For 'Hero' Customs Agent
October 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM (PT)
DIAL GLOBAL'S MICHAEL SMERCONISH is spearheading a petition drive to try to save the job of a US Customs and Border Protection agent SMERCONISH calls a hero of 9/11.
JOSE MELENDEZ-PEREZ is the agent who turned MOHAMED AL-KAHTANI, the intended fifth hijacker on Flight 93, away at ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT a month before the 9/11 hijackings, preventing AL-KAHTANI from entering the UNITED STATES. MELENDEZ-PEREZ is being disciplined, possibly with the loss of his job, for driving a government-issued vehicle home for a weekend, during which a government-issued gun, ammo, and laptop were stolen. MELENDEZ-PEREZ admits to "poor judgment" and has asked for leniency.
SMERCONISH has posted a petition in support of MELENDEZ-PEREZ on his website and is asking the task force to retain the agent as Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer, and to continue to allow him to serve on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.