Airport Security: Firing on the Fourth

In Los Angeles, a man kills two people at an El Al ticket counter. It's monstrous. But is it terrorism?

One thing Melissa Knieling noticed was the man's shirt. Even in the packed Los Angeles International Airport, where she was collecting donations for a women's shelter, the bright pink shirt stood out. But not him. Sometime around 11:30 a.m., when she glanced over at the El Al ticket counter, the man in the pink shirt caught her eye and held it. "He didn't seem angry," the 18-year-old says now with a shiver. "Then he nonchalantly pulled out his gun and started shooting."

There is little doubt that Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian limo driver who has lived in...

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