[R-G] Youth profiled as Terrorist by Brits
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aaron at istop.com
Sun Mar 10 17:12:18 MST 2002
Brits Arrest Highland Park Youth in Terrorist Scare Insanity.
Highland Park, Michigan - "I am not satisfied that your intentions to study
are genuine and realistic not that you will leave the United Kingdom on
completion of your studies," was the statement on the official letter barring
sixteen year old Highland Park resident and his five companions from jolly
Six African American teenagers were profiled as terrorist by British and US
authorities, denied entry to England and jailed overnight February 24 after a
Continental Airlines pilot initially refused to return to the US with them
abroad. The youth had expected to spend six month in Birmingham, England
studying the Quran and the Arabic language at the Al-Hira Islamic College and
to seeing another country for the first time. The other youth, 17 and 18 are
from New York.
Instead, they went straight to jail after being interrogated about Osama Bin
Laden. Sixteen-year-old Highland Park resident, Muhammad Abdullah stated "It
made me feel very angry. We went to that country to learn, thinking of this
new opportunity to see another country, and they wouldn't let us in because
we are Muslim."
"They asked me about Osama Bin Laden, do I think he's a bad Muslim or a good
Muslim and do I feel sorry for the people who died at the World Trade Center.
They asked me about the war, would I fight for America or Afghanistan. I told
them I'm just going to fight for my religion."
During the young men's detention, they were not allowed to make contact with
Abdullah's stepfather Amam Ramee Muhammad, a teacher at the school who had
come to the Birmingham International Airport to meet them, or their parents
in the US. When they final flew back to the US on two separate flights they
were once again interrogated along similar lines by police in Newark before
being released to return home.
A disgruntled recently laid off police officer in Highland Park was asked for
comments on the detention of the youth and stated, "I know what it means to
profile. If these kids fit the profile, what kind of damn profile is that?"
Abdullah's mother, Zaynab Abdullah said there are no schools in the United
States that offer a complete study of the Arabic language in addition to the
study of the Quran. She said the Al-Hira College is a highly reputable
institute and was selected over institutes in Syria and Sudan because she
felt that the youth would be more comfortable in familiar surroundings.
The disgruntled laid off police officer stated upon hearing the above
comment, "That's too damn familiar for me."
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