• The U.S. Government Did Not Revoke Khizr Khan’s ‘Travel Privileges’

    March 8, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Trump



    Here’s the anatomy of a fully made-up “news” story, abetted by a media that could care less to check any fact as long as the story feeds the preconceived notions of its audience.

    You remember Khizr Khan (above), the guy who used his soldier son, killed in Iraq, as a prop at the Democratic National Convention to criticize Trump’s immigration policy and help elect Hillary Clinton? Well, like all good Americans, Khan exploited his exploitation into a minor media career. He was booked to talk in Canada by a speaker’s bureau called Ramsey Talks. A decent gig — tickets ran $89 a seat.

    Then Trump supposedly struck. Ramsey Talks released a statement on its Facebook page saying:

    Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed. As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.

    Mr. Khan offered his sincere apologies to all those who made plans to attend on March 7th. He said: “This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.


    A major Canadian broadcast outfit (CTV) ran the story based solely, only, 100% on that single unverified and unsubstantiated Facebook posting, saying the Trump administration interfered with Khan’s “travel privileges” to prevent him from speaking, because of some sort of revenge for Khan’s statements this summer.

    The Internet then, as expected, lost its shit.

    Twitter boomed, and within an hour or two the story appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, Boston Herald, CNN, Maddow, and across the globe. Every one of those stories was based on nothing but that Facebook post. Reuters, the only outfit that apparently bothered to commit a minor act of journalism and reach out to Khan, was told by him no comment. All of the web’s many experts on stuff became experts on passport law, immigration, naturalization, and visa lore. Amazingly creative theories of “denaturalization of Muslims” were concocted out of thin air.

    The only problem is that none of this is true. It in fact could not be true.

    The U.S. has no law that deals with reviewing or rescinding “travel privileges.” No U.S. government agency calls people at home to tell them their travel privileges are under review. If, in very, very limited specific legal instances a court has ordered someone not to travel, their passport itself can be revoked in response to that court order. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection people, the State Department, and the government of Canada all eventually denied doing anything to Khan in any way or having anything to do with this story, so please stop calling them to ask.

    Khan, or Ramsey Talks, seems to have made this all up.

    Now, funny thing, this made-up story about Khan being denied travel hit just as Trump’s new Executive Order (“Muslin Ban 2.0”) was announced. Gee willikers Biff, you think this tale of a Muslim patriot denied travel was timed for that news cycle? Maybe so that when Khan’s speech is rescheduled tickets will be more expensive and sell out faster? Maybe so Khan and/or Ramsey Talks could get a zillion dollars of free publicity? Hah hah, coincidence, amiright?

    As I write this, not one of the media outlets that ran with the false story has published a correction, update or apology. The Washington Post has semi-backed away, but left itself plenty of wiggle room in not admitting it was wrong.

    The problem is if you Google Khan’s name, the story is still flowing around the web, and is now being cited in unrelated stories as “proof” of whatever else the writer believes is fascism and the end of freedom in America.


    BONUS: A source inside CBP tells me that what is most likely to have happened is that Khan’s membership in one of the expedited processing programs was set to expire. These are programs run by private companies that gather information and submit members’ names for background checks to allow them to use expedited processing lanes at the airport when re-entering the United States from a foreign country. Khan/Ramsey likely confused, by accident or on purpose, the expiration of that membership with some nefarious U.S. government action, and the media took it from there. Khan’s only privilege under fire was that of standing in a shorter line at the airport.



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    • notlurking said...

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      “Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected”…..

      03/8/17 7:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Well Done !!!

      Only thing I would change….

      Peter, you said…
      ” Gee willikers Biff, ”

      I would have changed “Biff”… To….. ‘Biffy’….. Has more whine, bitch, and complain in it….

      Things are a changing….

      M

      03/8/17 8:53 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Did the father serve in the military in his country? Maybe it was the father’s idea the son should join the US military – to compensate for skating out on his own obligation? who knows? Well, what is irrefutably known now- his son died in vain- Do the parents really process the futility of their’s son’s sacrifice or do they love the sheen from that Gold Star reflecting upon their martyrish faces.

      03/8/17 9:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Bloozguy said...

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      One can be almost sure that his return trip would not have been “smooth”.

      03/8/17 10:22 AM | Comment Link

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      03/8/17 11:43 AM | Comment Link

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      I think there is HUGE cat fight going on wit the power brokers, and the end result may be the People rising up. “They say I’m a dreamer, but…).

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      Crystal ball news! Cong. Peter Welch (D Vt.) will run for Senate when Bernie announces he will not run for Senator, but will do the Prezrun/2020. Time out.

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    • Mitch said...

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      Sure is peaceful now….

      I hope… And pray…. This is a trend for a nation…

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      I mean… Damn… 80 BILLION rounds of missing, mixed caliber ammunition???

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      John,… Input???… Bruce…. Would love to hear your thoughts.

      M

      03/8/17 10:52 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Missing ammo? The military is shooting its wad:

      Marine Corps members have been sharing nude photos of female service members on a private Facebook group called “Marines United,” as Thomas Brennan originally reported. But this extends through every military branch and beyond Facebook, too. It’s also on a web site, called AnonIB, which dates back to at least May 2016 according to Business Insider.

      The damning facts:

      The Facebook group was 30,000 Marine Corps officers strong, and members reportedly encourage each other to commit sexual assault. On the web site, they post requests asking for photographs of specific colleagues’ naked body parts, identifying them by name or where they are stationed.
      After Brennan’s story dropped, many left the Facebook group and found the site, where a Dropbox folder, “Girls of MU” with thousands of photographs inside, was posted in an effort to see the photos before the Facebook group was deleted.
      Up next: The Marine Corps opened an investigation, and they are considering felony charges which would put Marine Corps members in prison for up to seven years, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller will brief the House Armed Services Committee next week.

      The big picture: The Pentagon has been criticized in the past for not dealing with sexual assaults. In 2014 Rand Corporation found more than 20,000 service members had been sexually assaulted the previous year. Six times that number reported being sexually harassed, and in some cases the military has kicked out members who report sexual assaults.

      03/9/17 6:39 PM | Comment Link

    • jh said...

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      He deserved as he use his story on ground or his believe/ religion in politic let he eat it.
      If he is truthfully a believer in Islam and as true Muslim he should not send his son to kill his Muslims brothers in Iraq.

      However there is another story I don =know Peter if you came across?
      Read this:

      Muhammad Ali’s son says he was detained at airport because he’s Muslim

      03/11/17 7:11 PM | Comment Link

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