• Terrorist Prosecution Fail; Taxpayers Eat it for $25,000+

    January 27, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    Here’s another reason to be even more skeptical when you see those statistics about how the United States has arrested or detained 1,200,761,324 terrorists or whatever.

    A former college student, Nicholas George, the Face of Evil, pictured, was detained in 2009 for hours at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards and thus suspected by the TSA of having something to do with terrorism. With the assistance of the ACLU, George successfully sued the United States Government for abusing his First and Fourth Amendment rights. The $25,000 settlement ends five years of litigation, including numerous attempts to stall the case by the government, all paid for by you, the taxpayer. Because, freedom, ‘kay?

    The Madness

    The government’s madness began after Nicholas George was detained for having Arabic-English flashcards with words like “terrorist” and bomb” written on them. He was 21-years-old at the time and on his way to California, where he was a senior at Pomona College majoring in — wait for it — Middle Eastern studies. The U.S. government actually encourages Americans to learn “critical languages” such as Arabic, and both the CIA and the State Department offer recruitment incentives to those who do. The government also offers generous grants and loans to those who study Arabic. In order to better decode what a bad guy might be saying, it would make sense for a student to learn words such as “bomb.” The term would also certainly come up in any contemporary reading about world events.

    Back at the front lines of the war on terror, apparently the Philly airport, things played out a little differently.

    “At the metal detector at airport security, Transportation Security Administration agents asked me to empty my pockets,” George said. “I took the set of flashcards from my pocket and handed them to the officers. After I cleared the metal detector, they asked me to step aside for additional screening. One of them started rifling through the cards, and another took a book critical of U.S. foreign policy written by a Reagan administration official out of my carry-on. The minutes ticked by, and I got more confused about why I was being detained and more concerned that I would miss my flight. One of them called a supervisor.”

    Bin Laden Spoke Arabic

    After a half-hour delay at the security line, the supervisor showed up. After looking at the book and flashcards, the supervisor asked “Do you know who did 9/11?” George answered: “Osama Bin Laden.” Then she asked him if he knew what language Osama Bin Laden spoke. “Arabic,” he replied. George was in college, after all, so knew the answers. “So do you see why these cards are suspicious?” she finished. George did not know the answer to that question.

    George was then handcuffed and paraded through the airport to a police substation. Authorities searched his luggage and kept him locked up in a cell handcuffed. After about two hours George asked to go to the bathroom, and on the way back asked his jailer why he was being held. The cop answered, contending for the banality of evil award, “I dunno, what’d you do?” George was eventually set free without explanation. Having missed his flight, he was left on his own to get home.

    First and Fourth Amendments? Never Heard of ‘Em

    “Even after searching my luggage without probable cause of a crime and finding nothing out of the ordinary, TSA agents and the police felt they had the authority to detain and then arrest me, purely on ignorant assumptions about a language spoken by 295 million people worldwide,” George wrote in a blog post.

    Another victory in the war on terror,or for bullying, or for the triumph of the will of ignorance. Thanks TSA!

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      I wish the guy had passed out all of his cards to fellow passengers standing in line saying they were meant as party favors. That would have completely shut down Philly International for maybe a week while cattle cars were brought in to transport all the guilty to a hidden detention area somewhere maybe near Altoona.

      01/27/15 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      If the term STAZI means anything, it’s the TSA. Except the East Berlin Stazi weren’t fucking morons. Speaking of morons with badges…


      This gal is lucky to be alive. One small wrong move and she would have been murdered. All because one of these fucking morons failed to add 2+2. Living proof the only thing you need to become a cop is the ability to pull a gun and jello between your ears. No math required. Nor brains.

      Ya know, after reading so many different storys this morning regarding the United States of Depravity and Dimwittery, notwithstanding the insidious conviction of Sterling, I think I need a break.

      bartender..one bottle of SCUMBAG and a shot of 100prf ABSURD

      01/27/15 4:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      “Having missed his flight, he was left on his own to get home.

      WTF? The TSA (tough shit, asshole) didn’t put him on the no-fly list?

      01/27/15 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      What if he was carrying these flash cards?

      Never again:http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=2444

      01/27/15 7:02 PM | Comment Link

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      01/27/15 7:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Avery said...


      The settlement documents say that they TSA in Philadelphia will be reminded how wrong they were three times every quarter of the year. Hahaha

      01/27/15 10:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Avery said…
      “The settlement documents say that they TSA in Philadelphia will be reminded how wrong they were three times every quarter of the year. Hahaha” unquote

      there ya go. Justice served.

      fuck..bartender..another bottle of WhuddaThunk and a double shot of Settlement. Never tried it before but I bet it has a morning hangover.

      01/28/15 12:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      Sorry he was only awarded $25K, should have been much more even if paid by taxpayers…considering the billions and billions we are paying for wars and occupations in the middle east, $25K is nothing.

      01/30/15 4:02 PM | Comment Link

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