Ed Driscoll

FACE TO FACE WITH A

FACE TO FACE WITH A TERRORIST: Scary ABCNEWS.com story titled “Woman Recalls Encounter With 9/11 Leader“, specifically the now rotting in Hell Mohamed Atta.

My question is why Johnelle Bryant, the woman interviewed in the story, didn’t have security escort a guy out who during his conversation with her:

“At first, he refused to speak with me,” said Bryant, remembering that Atta called her “but a female.” Bryant explained that she was the manager, but he still refused to conduct business with her. Ultimately, she said, “I told him that if he was interested in getting a farm-service agency loan in my servicing area, then he would need to deal with me.”

Throughout the interview, he continued to refer to Bryant as “but a female,” and Bryant said, “He would say it with disgust.”

And also:

When Bryant explained that there was an application process, Atta became “very agitated.” He thought the loan would be in cash, and that he would have no trouble obtaining it to purchase an aircraft.

And then:

Before leaving Bryant’s office, Atta became fixated with an aerial photo of Washington that was hanging on her office wall.

“He just said that it was one of the prettiest, the best he’d ever seen of Washington,” she said, remembering that he was impressed with the panoramic view that captured all the monuments and buildings in one photograph, pointing specifically to the Pentagon and the White House.

“He pulled out a wad of cash,” she said, “and started throwing money on my desk. He wanted that picture really bad.”

Bryant indicated that the picture was not for sale, and he threw more money down.

“His look on his face became very bitter at that point,” Bryant remembers. “I believe he said, ‘How would America like it if another country destroyed that city and some of the monuments in it,’ like the cities in his country had been destroyed?”

At what point does a potential loan applicant get asked to leave the Department of Agriculture??

InstaPundit, not surprisingly, has some thoughts on all of this.