civil disobedience (1 Viewer)

Layce Erayce

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Aug 11, 2002

basically, Nathaniel Heatwole, a college student from NC was arrested after he admitted planting box cutters and other items aboard Southwest Airlines jetliners that apparently were not found for more than a month.

He wasnt a terrorist, however.

Heatwole sent e-mail messages to the Transportation Security Administration describing where he left the items.

"The writer said that the items were carried onto the aircraft concealed on his person or in his carry-on bag," the affidavit said.

"The e-mail author also stated that he was aware that his actions were against the law and that he was aware of the potential consequences for his actions, and that his actions were 'an act of civil disobedience with the aim of improving public safety for the air-traveling public,' " the affidavit said.

The US Attorney had this to say: "This was not a prank. This is not poor judgment," DiBiagio said. "This is a crime that had the potential to cause serious risk to the individuals on the plane, and serious risk of harm to the individual carrying these weapons -- the defendant.

"It was not a test. It was not civil action. It was not public service," DiBiagio said. "It was a very foolish and very dangerous course of action, and very, very dangerous."

Nathaniel pleaded guilty on Friday, and as part of the plea bargain made a video that could be used to train federal airport screeners.

Under the agreement, Nathaniel Heatwole could get up to six months in jail and $5,000 fine at sentencing June 24.

The discovery prompted the government to order stepped-up inspections of U.S. airliners.

Heatwole pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of bringing banned items into a passenger-screening area.

Prosecutors said Heatwole has met with representatives of the FBI and the federal Transportation Security Administration and provided a videotape for possible use by TSA in training its employees.
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