Earlier by John Derbyshire: As A Brit, I Say Don’t Let The Manchester Massacre Happen Here
Kyle Lawler had a ‘bad feeling’ about Salman Abedi but ‘did not have anything to justify that’
Tue 27 Oct 2020 18.02
A security guard had a “bad feeling” when he saw Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi but did not approach him for fear of being branded a racist, a public inquiry has heard.
Kyle Lawler said he was stood 10 or 15ft away from Abedi, who had been reported to security by a member of the public who thought he looked “dodgy”.
The Showsec security guard, aged 18 at the time of the terror attack, told police in a statement read to the inquiry sitting in Manchester: “I felt unsure about what to do.
“It’s very difficult to define a terrorist. For all I knew he might well be an innocent Asian male. I did not want people to think I am stereotyping him because of his race.
“I was scared of being wrong and being branded a racist if I got it wrong and would have got into trouble. It made me hesitant.
“I wanted to get it right and not mess it up by overreacting or judging someone by their race.”
Abedi, 22, dressed all in black and carrying a large, bulky rucksack, was spotted and reported to security at 10.15pm on 22 May 2017.
… Around eight minutes before he detonated his device, Showsec steward Mohammed Ali Agha alerted Lawler to the report by a member of the public and both began observing Abedi.
… In his statement to police, Lawler said: “I just had a bad feeling about him but did not have anything to justify that.”
He said Abedi was “fidgety and sweating” and he said he panicked slightly and was “conflicted” because he thought something was wrong but could not put his finger on it, the inquiry heard.
Lawler said he attempted to use his radio to alert the security control room but claimed he could not get through due to radio traffic.
He then left the area and took up his position on a walkway bridge outside the City Room and made no further attempt to raise the alarm.
Lawler agreed he simply “gave up” trying to use the radio and just got on with his job.
This is a very similar story to the ignored story told by airline ticket agent Michael Tuohey in 2005 to Oprah Winfrey about how Mohammed Atta set off his Stereotypical Arab Terrorist warnings at dawn on 9/11/2001, but then he gave himself “a politically correct slap” and let Atta board. Heck, President George W. Bush campaigned in 2000 against airport workers stereotyping Arabs for Flying While Arab, but the anti-Bush media let Bush get away with it after Tuohey went on the Oprah show, because the War on Stereotyping was even more important than the War on Bush.