Mr. Terrorist

A 12/27/09 article in the New York Times titled "Explosive on Flight 253 Is Among Most Powerful," by Kenneth Chang uses the title "Mr." when referring to terrorists. Ten times to be precise.
Had Mr. Abdulmutallab, sitting in seat 19A of Northwest ....

Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian citizen, was charged in a federal criminal ...

...and that apparently thwarted Mr. Abdulmutallab, officials said ...

Mr. Abdulmutallab was reported to have used a syringe to try to inject a liquid into the explosive....

...observed Mr. Abdulmutallab's pants leg and a wall of the airplane on fire. Passengers and crew members subdued Mr. Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the flames, according ...

...remnants of a syringe from near Mr. Abdulmutallab's seat...

In Mr. Reid's shoe bombs, in 2001, a highly unstable explosive known as triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, was the detonator for the PETN, but Mr. Reid failed to set it off when he was unable to light the fuse. But TATP is a solid, so it is unlikely that that was the substance in Mr. Abdulmutallab's syringe, Dr. Oxley said.

It is highly inappropriate. As terrorists, they are not worthy of being accorded this level of respect. Their last names would suffice. If the NYT feels compelled to use a title, perhaps Terrorist would be most apropos.

I wonder if the history books will soon be referring to Mr. Hitler?
A 12/27/09 article in the New York Times titled "Explosive on Flight 253 Is Among Most Powerful," by Kenneth Chang uses the title "Mr." when referring to terrorists. Ten times to be precise.
Had Mr. Abdulmutallab, sitting in seat 19A of Northwest ....

Mr. Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian citizen, was charged in a federal criminal ...

...and that apparently thwarted Mr. Abdulmutallab, officials said ...

Mr. Abdulmutallab was reported to have used a syringe to try to inject a liquid into the explosive....

...observed Mr. Abdulmutallab's pants leg and a wall of the airplane on fire. Passengers and crew members subdued Mr. Abdulmutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the flames, according ...

...remnants of a syringe from near Mr. Abdulmutallab's seat...

In Mr. Reid's shoe bombs, in 2001, a highly unstable explosive known as triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, was the detonator for the PETN, but Mr. Reid failed to set it off when he was unable to light the fuse. But TATP is a solid, so it is unlikely that that was the substance in Mr. Abdulmutallab's syringe, Dr. Oxley said.

It is highly inappropriate. As terrorists, they are not worthy of being accorded this level of respect. Their last names would suffice. If the NYT feels compelled to use a title, perhaps Terrorist would be most apropos.

I wonder if the history books will soon be referring to Mr. Hitler?