Monday, July 24, 2017

No Fly List

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Saadiq Long, an American convert to Islam who cited bigotry and Islamophobia as the reasons why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) placed him on a no-fly list two years ago, has been arrested in Turkey because of his suspected terror ties to ISIS.

According to Patrick Poole writing for PJ Media earlier this week, Long and seven others were arrested near the Turkey-Syria border on suspicion of being part of a terrorist cell – an arrest confirmed by U.S. and Turkish officials. Quoting Poole’s report:

“It’s a long way from 2013 when Saadiq Long’s cause was being championed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald, and Mother Jones, and was being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror front.

His story got considerable media attention when his CAIR media representatives here pushed the story that Long wanted to return to his native Oklahoma from his current home in Qatar to visit his ailing mother but couldn’t because he was on the TSA’s no-fly list. They said his case represented institutional “Islamophobia.”

Long, a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran living in Qatar, received worldwide attention when left wing media outlets and Islamic organizations reported that he was forbidden to fly to his native Oklahoma to visit his ailing mother due to Islamophobia – a story that his news media sympathizers described as being “exiled” from his homeland.

Media scrutiny of Long’s treatment by DHS led the agency to remove Long’s name from the no-fly list which allowed him to fly to his mother’s side in Oklahoma. After his return, Long said FBI agents showed up to his mother’s house and began following him. Shortly thereafter, Long’s name was again placed on the no-fly list again preventing him from returning to his adopted country of Qatar.

What followed is a textbook reaction to the government’s efforts to safeguard the nation from terrorist attack.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations pushed Long’s story as an rank example of Islamophobia and bigotry – a narrative picked up by Mother Jones news and renewed coverage by MSNBC.

As we go to press, CAIR and MSNBC have not reported the news of Long’s recent arrest in Turkey on terror ties to ISIS. What’s more, CAIR and MSNBC cannot claim that Turkey is guilty of Islamophobia since it is a secular Islamic nation.

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Commercial driver’s licenses can open a lot of doors for those who have them. Semi-truck drivers are always in high demand and are well compensated for their hard work. But should that door be opened for someone who is suspected to be a militant Muslim extremist?

Amir Meshal has been asked to leave two separate mosques in Minnesota alone for attempting to empathize young muslim men to his extremist cause. The concerns were great enough to land him on the “No Fly” List. In 2007 he was even held overseas and detained from entering the United States for three months by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after it was suspected that he’d recently left a terrorist training camp in Somalia. A detainment that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the U.S. government for as well as filing a suit against Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to remove Meshal from the “No Fly” List.

The lawsuit-happy ACLU argues that Amir Meshal is just like any other American who is looking to better his life and provide for his family. Bleeding heart liberals will say that he should not be stereotyped for his race and religion, but doesn’t that argument ignore the fact that even his religion has expressed worry? A Bloomington, Minnesota mosque said in a police report, “We have concerns about Meshal interacting with our youth.” and banned him from the premises.

There is a lot of damning evidence for a case against Meshal having a CDL. Criminal activity surrounding truck transit has been linked to human trafficking, drugs, illegal aliens, illegal arms dealings, and really whatever else you’d need a truck for. On top of that, he is a suspected terrorist. He isn’t someone just getting a CDL and planning cloak and dagger activities later. The government of the United States of America has said they believe him fully willing and capable of executing an act of terror. He is not allowed on airplanes for that very reason, yet it’s okay to give him the ability to drive a vehicle that needs special licensing because it is so enormous and a risk if one is not properly trained to drive it. How much more of a risk is it if that same truck is being driven by a malintent person trained to operate what can be at his hands an 80,000lb death machine?

Is the ACLU really standing behind the idea that a man whom Homeland Security believes is capable of a terrorist attack should be given access to the ability to transport a truck load of weapons, explosives, or biological agents? Why do they think the FBI held him for three months? Why do they think he was kicked out of those mosques? If the license is not revoked, it should be requested that he garage his semi at their offices.

To make matters worse, this extremist whom Muslims don’t trust around their children is also applying to get an addendum to all this: The provision on his CDL making it okay to drive a school bus. The bus driver application is pending a background check, but who knows if the ACLU will take issue with that as well. A passenger vehicle provision would give him access to not only jobs at schools, but those at senior facilities, adult day programs for those with special needs, Boys and Girls’ Clubs, and regular transit bus routes.

Why is not granting someone deemed such a risk access to these kinds of situations up for debate? Does the ACLU really think they have a case? Or is this more liberal media whoring?
Let’s hope the state of Minnesota rethinks the issue before it’s too late.


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