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No-fly List Troubles Muslim Veteran; Again

Published: 07/02/2013 05:18:08 PM GMT
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CAIRO - A US Muslim Air Force veteran is complaining of being barred from leaving the country after being allowed to care for his terminally-ill mother. Just as an American citizen should not be prevented from returning to (more)

CAIRO - A US Muslim Air Force veteran is complaining of being barred from leaving the country after being allowed to care for his terminally-ill mother.

"Just as an American citizen should not be prevented from returning to his or her homeland, no citizen should be prevented from leaving the country without due process of law," Adam Soltani, Executive Director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.

Saadiq Long, who served for a decade in the US army, has complained of being barred from leaving the United States to Qatar, where he currently resides with his family.

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According to CAIR, Saadiq attempted to check in with Delta Air Lines but was told by US authorities that his name is still on the no-fly list and would not be allowed to travel.

The Muslim veteran was allowed into the United States in December to see his ailing mother after being barred twice from entering the country.

His visit was the first after spending a decade teaching English in three Arab countries; Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Inside the United States, Saadiq complained of being harassed by federal law enforcement authorities.

He said FBI agents staked out his mother's house and followed him everywhere he went.

The Muslim veteran was never convicted or indicted in any crime.

Saadiq is not the first Muslim to face troubles over being placed on the no-fly list for no apparent reason.

Established in 2003 and administrated by the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, the “no-fly” list includes some 20,000 people deemed by the agency as known to have, or reasonably suspected of having, ties to terrorism.

About 500 of them are US citizens, according to an agency spokesman.

In May, fifteen American Muslims, including four military veterans, sued the federal government over being placed on a “no-fly” list for no apparent reason.

Earlier in 2011, an American Muslim family was kicked off a JetBlue flight because their 18-month child was flagged as no-fly.In 2009, nine members of a Muslim family were removed from a domestic AirTran Airways flight to Orlando, Florida, after they chatted about their seats in the plane.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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