New American Media: Alarming Increase of Travel Related Harassment/Bans [Arab/Muslim Harassment]

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Harassing even children & physicians, and theft of electronic data reportedly includes confidential patient data on the doctor's computer ...

    New American Media: Alarming Increase of Travel Related Harassment/Bans

    Recently the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has experienced an alarming increase in the number of intakes pertaining to “no-fly” list and travel-related matters. ADC is representing a number of US Citizens who are currently banned from returning home after international travel. The cases include matters involving undue delays upon entry, and intrusive/unconstitutional questioning by officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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    A 17 year old Arab American male from South Florida who was interrogated for nearly 5 hours by CBP agents. During the questioning he was asked questions such as, “Are you Muslim?” “Do you go to the Mosque?” The officers asked for the traveler’s cell phone, and upon receiving the cellphone they proceeded to download all content and data off of the device.

    A distinguished medical professional, also from South Florida, that faced an intrusive and extensive interrogation upon returning from international business travel. He was asked about his religion and political views. Officers requested his cell phone and laptop and proceeded to download all the information/content off the phone --- despite the doctor’s plea not to copy the information as the devices contained confidential and private data for hundreds of patients.
     
  2. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    When all of us were fighting Secure Flight -- and each of its multiple iterations -- we always brought up the scenario that under Secure Flight Americans could get stranded in other countries. We were always assured that this would never happen.

    What's happening in the cases listed in the article may relate to Secure Flight, and maybe they don't, either way, Americans are being stranded in other countries.
     

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