Thursday, December 28, 2006

Safana Jawad Cleared

Turns out the Department of Homeland Security did make a mistake with Safana Jawad.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has apologized to a Muslim traveller strip-searched at the Pinellas County Jail after being detained at Tampa International Airport in April.

Federal agents said they denied Spanish citizen Safana Jawad entry to the U.S. on April 11 because she was suspected of being associated with someone they view as suspicious.

Jawad, 45, was taken to the jail, strip-searched according to protocol and held in a maximum security cell for two days. She was never told the identity of the suspicious person.

The bad news is that no one is sure why Jawad was detained. There are matters of national security. I can understand that argument. What bothers me is there never seems to be any accountability.


At December 28, 2006 5:55 PM , Blogger Frederick said...

Land of the Free...

At December 28, 2006 7:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try getting some straight answers if and when you ever find yourself on a No Fly Watch list like James Moore (co-author of Bush's Brain) when he found ut he'd been fingered by a person or persons unknown.

They give you an 800 number which then turns out to be yet another corner to turn in the inevitable runaround.

At December 29, 2006 6:24 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, her story just got worse and worse... from a strip search to two days confinement.

And she probably has no legal recourse...

At December 30, 2006 5:41 PM , Blogger Mixter said...

Body cavity searches for Homeland Security employees!

Payback is a motherfucker.



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