UPDATE: Federal investigators have identified the man that stabbed a police officer at Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan as Amor Ftouhi, 50, a Canadian resident who legally entered the U.S. on June 16 at the Lake Champlain, New York, border crossing.
June 21, 2017 The stabbing of a police officer at a Flint, Michigan airport Wednesday morning is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken over the lead in the investigation.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told CNN that the suspect allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Bishop International Airport Police Lieutenant Jeff Neville in the back and neck. Police say the attacker is from Quebec and has a Canadian passport.
Michigan State Police have confirmed that Officer Neville is out of surgery and his condition has been improved from critical to stable. Lieutenant Neville is a member of the Bishop Airport’s Department of Public Safety and a retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant.
Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on American soil, airport security has been a priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA), housed in the Department of Homeland Security has been controversial since it’s inception. TSA officials have touted several layers of airport security — both the seen and unseen counter-terrorism efforts. Critics argue that after billions of tax payer dollars allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the TSA has not prevented a single terrorist attack. In November 2013, a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport that killed a TSA officer at a security checkpoint and wounding two others exposed the gaping holes in airport security. In January, a man opened fire at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport killing five people and injuring six others.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."