Tuesday, November 25, 2008


It's just amazing that we are actually having court cases that state the government (Bu$hCo) can not use a person's race/ethnicity as a reason to hold that person without charge or arrest. This is how far we have sunk in the last eight years. President-Elect Obama has a huge table to clean.
A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled on Monday that the United States government could not use ethnicity as justification for detaining two Egyptian-born men who were questioned for four hours after a cross-country flight in 2004.

The two men, Tarik Farag, a former New York City police officer, and Amro Elmasry, who was working in Egypt for General Electric, sued the government, saying the questioning was unjustified. The government said that the men, who were arrested but not charged with any crime, had acted strangely during their flight from San Diego to Kennedy International Airport and that two counterterrorism agents had observed them switching seats, checking their watches often and speaking in Arabic.

The government said that the men’s ethnicity was a factor in deciding to detain them, and argued that it was an acceptable factor.
Seat changing, checking the time, speaking a foreign language - no wonder, we ought to put them in maximum security & throw away the keys.  Actually, it souns like they may have been a bit nervous flying in an airplane, just like I am.  It's OK if I do, however, since I'm a grumpy, old, white guy. My emphasis.

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