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    six Muslim scholars are taken into custody and questioned for hours

    a half-dozen Muslims were removed from a US Airways flight in Minneapolis on Monday evening after nervous passengers alerted the flight crew about suspicious behavior.
    The men, who officials later learned were Islamic religious leaders, refused to leave the plane and were escorted by security off Flight 300 from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Phoenix at 6:30 p.m.
    Conflicting reports say the men were praying in the concourse or on the plane, and a Minnesota television reported that the imams were chanting "Allah, Allah, Allah," as they left the plane.
    Douglas Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, a private organization that investigates terrorist threats, said his contacts are reporting the men did begin the prayers in the concourse, then continued prayers and discussions once on board.
    "One of the passengers who understands Arabic passed a note to the crew that what she heard, she did not like," Mr. Hagmann said.
    Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the men reportedly made anti-American statements relating to the Iraq war, asked to change seats once inside the cabin, and that one requested an extender to make his seat belt larger even though he did not appear to need it.
    "There was some peculiar behavior," Mr. Hagmann said.
    In a statement released by US Airways yesterday, the airline said they "are diligently conducting our own investigation" and working with law-enforcement officials and government agencies.
    "We are always concerned when passengers are inconvenienced and especially concerned when a situation occurs that causes customers to feel their dignity was compromised. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind and will continue to exhaust our internal investigation until we know the facts of this case and can provide answers for the employees and customers involved in this incident," the statement said.
    The imams, along with Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress, had attended a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation.
    A call and e-mail for comment to Mr. Ellison's campaign office were not returned.
    The imams and officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) say the men were victims of prejudice and ignorance.
    "We are concerned that crew members, passengers and security personnel may have succumbed to fear and prejudice based on stereotyping of Muslims and Islam," said Nihad Awad, CAIR's director. "CAIR is receiving more reports of 'flying while Muslim' and racial profiling incidents from members of the Islamic community nationwide."
    The group is calling for congressional hearings on racial, religious and ethnic profiling at airports, and investigations by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at DHS has already opened an investigation.
    Mr. Hagmann called the incident "ideological jihad" and a "test run" to undermine airport security through litigation.
    "This is a watershed event in this country -- one week before Thanksgiving when tensions are high -- and they are looking for this to be litigated ad nauseam," Mr. Hagmann said.




    screw them, who are the major terrorists in the world, it aint 21 year old white kids. and you start chanting about hating the U.S. get the hell out of this country and go back to wherever you came from


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    Let them fly

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    Sorry about the above post, Hit the wrong button.

    Let them fly EL AL (Isreal air lines). The best they can hope for is a strip search to see wats really under those rags.

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    At least 3 of them had no check-on luggage, and 1 way tickets.

    At least one story I read said all six stood on the plane at one point to say "prayers."

    Sounds like good probable cause to me.
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    One of the Muslim scholars removed from a US Airways flight on Monday today called for imams around the country to boycott the airline industry.

    In a statement to police, a US Airways gate agent wrote that three of the men prayed in Arabic at the gate. "I was suspicious by the way they were praying very loud," the gate agent said.

    Before passengers boarded, one became alarmed by an overheard discussion. "They seemed angry," he wrote in a police statement. "Mentioned 'U.S.' and 'killing Saddam.' Two men then swore slightly under their breath/mumbled. They spoke Arabic again. The gate called boarding for the flight. The men then chanted 'Allah, Allah, Allah.' "

    Marwan Sadeddin, another of the imams, said, "What bothers me the most is these false statements and lies that we were shouting, 'Allah, Allah.' This never happened."

    The pilot ordered the men off the flight after their praying, conversation and behavior alarmed several passengers and flight attendants.

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    Screw'em.

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    I would have gotten a couple of other guys on the plane and taken them down. Better to be safe than dead.

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    I am glad this was acted upon.
    fu** their rights

    ummm we are still sort of at war right?????
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    Here's a follow-up story about one of the Muslims who was removed from the flight:
    Omar Shahin was involved with the Islamic charity Kind Hearts, which has had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department because of its connections to the terrorist group Hamas.

    Shahin “said members of the Tucson mosque may have helped bin Laden in the early 1990s.” He maintained that this was consistent with the practice of the CIA itself: “They (the CIA) called him a ‘freedom fighter.’ Then they tell us he is involved in terrorist acts, and they stopped supporting him, and we stopped.”

    None of these questions about Shahin surfaced in the mainstream media. Instead, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer compared the imams to Rosa Parks. But Rosa Parks did not have ties to terrorist organizations.
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