Friday, January 10, 2003
Says that you might want to think before packing your bags these days.
from [A 'Long Night of Terror' After 9/11 ]
Khan's saga began when he and Azmath boarded a flight at dawn on Sept. 11 in Newark, bound for San Antonio. The men, who shared an apartment in Jersey City and had recently lost their jobs at a newsstand at the Newark train station, were traveling to Texas to live with friends and take up new jobs. Khan said it was his first trip outside the New York area in eight years of living in the United States.
But when hijacked jetliners struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that morning, U.S. authorities ordered all air traffic grounded. The plane carrying Khan and Azmath landed in St. Louis, and they decided to finish their journey by train.
The following day, near Fort Worth, "my humiliating ordeal began as soon as the four officers barged into the Amtrak train and began searching my luggage," Khan recalled. "I was shocked and asked why. One of them curtly replied, 'Disturbing behavior.' " When the officers discovered Khan and Azmath were carrying about $5,000 in cash, black hair dye and box cutters -- similar to those believed to have been used as weapons by the Sept. 11 hijackers -- the two men were handcuffed and taken into custody.
"We were singled out. It was based on racial profiling," Khan whispered softly, his hands trembling.
No, had nothing at all to do with the fact that you carried a large amount of cash, hair dye, and box cutters on an airplane and a train. Nope, not at all. If the Pope was stupid enough to do that, they would have detained him too, dipshit.
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