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Muslim US Air Force veteran barred from flight

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Post by notazbad2000 Fri 08 Feb 2013, 10:00 am

Muslim US Air Force veteran barred from flight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A
Muslim U.S. Air Force
veteran, who had trouble entering the country last year to visit his
ailing mother, was barred Wednesday from boarding a flight in Oklahoma City to return to his home in
Qatar.


Saadiq Long, an American citizen, told The Associated Press he attempted to
board a Delta flight at Will Rogers World Airport but was denied a boarding
pass.


"I think about three police officers arrived after that," Long said. "It was
very, very strange, by the way, and very intimidating."


Lt. Jay Barnett, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department reached
after business hours, couldn't confirm that police were sent to the scene, but
said officers assigned to the airport would be summoned for a security
concern.


After the police encounter, a U.S. Transportation Security Administration
agent told Long he couldn't board a plane but did not give him a specific
reason, Long said.


Adam Soltani, director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, who had joined Long for his departure, said they
asked, "Well, who do we contact?" They then were referred to the FBI, Soltani
said.


Long said his lawyer has attempted to reach the FBI, which maintains a no-fly
list.


FBI spokesman Rick Rains in Oklahoma City declined comment when reached by
the AP. And Delta Air Lines did not return a call for comment.


TSA spokesman David Castelveter said: "It's my understanding this individual
was denied a boarding pass by the airline because he was on a no-fly list. The
TSA does not confirm whether someone is or is not on the no-fly list, as that
list is maintained by the FBI."


Long said he had been visiting his mother, who suffers from congestive heart
failure, for several months. He was attempting to return to Qatar, where he
lives with his wife and children and teaches English. He intended to travel via
Amsterdam.


Long said last year he also had difficulty entering the country and that the
FBI harassed him and his sister after his arrival. The harassment stopped after
Long requested a Department of Justice inquiry, Soltani said.


Long's lawyer, Gadeir Abbas, sent a letter to the FBI in January informing an
agent of Long's plans to return home.


"Mr. Long requests that he be accorded the same right given to millions of
American citizen travelers every day: the right to board a plane," Abbas wrote.
"It is Mr. Long's sincere hope that, by informing the FBI in advance of his
departure from the U.S., he will avoid the travel difficulties that have caused
his family so much hardship already."


Long said he plans to stay in Oklahoma City until the FBI instructs him on
what he can do to fly. He said he needs to get back soon to support his
family.


"Two months and they still can't tell me why I can't fly," he said. "Of
course, I'm willing to go through whatever it takes."


http://news.yahoo.com/muslim-us-air-force-veteran-barred-flight-151958070.html



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Post by Ronbo Fri 08 Feb 2013, 3:58 pm

"The TSA does not confirm whether someone is or is not on the no-fly list,"

Then how would they know one way or the other? That makes about as much sense as a frippen screen door on a submarine Evil or Very Mad

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