Monday, February 02, 2004

Moroccan Parliament Members Held in Oregon

I've got a quick, but important message for all you brown people out there who, for whatever sadomasochistic reasons, still attempt to travel to the United States of George Bush. Don't come. Unless you don't mind being completely stripped of your dignity. And if you absolutely must come, then learn how to speak English - would ya? I mean, you're gonna get locked up, no - your weakling government won't be able to do anything about it, and you're gonna greatly inconvenience us white people who actually have some place to go. So, seriously, let's all get on the same page here.

I was just telling a very good (brown) friend of mine that visiting the U.S. these days could be a scary experience. Just ask Maher Arar - the slightly-brown Canadian citizen whisked out of JFK airport in New York to be tortured in Syria for almost a year. (Also, @see previous post by James Bovard on the inept TSA.) Perusing I came across a link to this article detailing how some brown Arabic-speaking people were detained:

Authorities who searched their bags became alarmed when they found documents written in Arabic with 911 written on them, Coose said. The delegation could not speak English to explain the documents, he said.

Now, I'm no genius, but I don't think one has to be Sherlocke Holmes to figure out that terrorists would probably not risk carrying documents in their baggage that are written in Arabic, except for a bunch of 911's all over it.

Of course, there are people who are stupid/ignorant/oblivious enough to come to a United States airport, in all their brown glory, and not be able to speak English. I can't really speak to that. I mean, what planet are these guys and their hosts living on? Maybe our Moroccan visitors didn't know how Hitleresque our airports have become, but their hosts sure should have.

But there's plenty of blame to go around. If the TSA is targeting brown, Muslim, Arabic-speaking men, then don't you think it'd be a good idea to have a native Arabic speaker somewhere in the airport? Maybe? Good idea? Nah, I didn't think so either.

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