Philadelphia: Student Sues Over Detention at Airportfor Arabic-Language Flashcards

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Fri Feb 12 16:07:40 UTC 2010

Via lgpolicy...

Student Sues Over Detention at Airport for Arabic-Language Flashcards
By Karin Fischer

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit on
Wednesday on behalf of a Pomona College student who says he was
interrogated, handcuffed, and held for five hours at Philadelphia
International Airport last summer because he was carrying a set of
Arabic-English flashcards as part of his college language studies. The
student, Nicholas George, who was later released, alleges that a
Transportation Security Administration supervisor asked his views of
the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and what language Osama bin
Laden speaks, adding, "Do you see why these cards are suspicious?"

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