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French Woman Banned From Us Because Of Dodgy Name

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A French woman intending to vacation in New York with her husband and two children was reportedly banned from boarding her flight because of her name--which sounds, if pronounced incorrectly, just like the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

The holidaymakers, Aida Alic and her family, were on their way for a 10-day trip to the USA last Wednesday when their plans suddenly got ruined.

“Madam, you’re blacklisted,” Alic was told at the Swiss International Air Lines check-in desk at the Geneva airport. The company’s official explained that they received a notice from American Immigration Service saying that the woman was banned from entering the territory of the United States, French daily Le Dauphiné Libéré reported.

http://rt.com/news/154968-french-woman-qaeda-banned/

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they dont give reasons, and in support of the US for a change, they dont have to accept all and sundry into their nation.

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I booked into a hotel once as "Mr F.R.Kinell". Nobody got the joke, and no ID was questioned! But then I'm not French.

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they dont give reasons, and in support of the US for a change, they dont have to accept all and sundry into their nation.

That is true, but the no-fly list also includes US nationals, and given the lack of a decent rail service in the country, that makes inter-state travel for many Americans quite problematic.

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:lol:

You can call yourself what you like. Do you think these porn stars are really using their birth name?

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You can call yourself what you like. Do you think these porn stars are really using their birth name?

There is a south Wales Labour MP called Ann Clwyd - I have always thought that sounds like a porn star name. What do you think?

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they dont give reasons, and in support of the US for a change, they dont have to accept all and sundry into their nation.

They don't have to of course but that doesn't excuse being a dick for stupid reasons.

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That is true, but the no-fly list also includes US nationals, and given the lack of a decent rail service in the country, that makes inter-state travel for many Americans quite problematic.

Wasn't senator Ted Kennedy on the list once? He managed to get off it, of course, but there's no chance of Joe Sixpack having that kind of influence. Personally, I think it's all theatre to keep the populace afraid of bogeymen.

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There is a south Wales Labour MP called Ann Clwyd - I have always thought that sounds like a porn star name. What do you think?

That`s put some disturbing imagery in my mind.

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Would it put you off if David Mitchell was watching?

Would it put you off if David Mitchell was watching?

I'd make him B)

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That is true, but the no-fly list also includes US nationals, and given the lack of a decent rail service in the country, that makes inter-state travel for many Americans quite problematic.

The local right-wing rant station here was running the story a couple of weeks ago about a local veteran who had served with distinction in Bosnia and Iraq. He is and always has been a Muslim, though not a particularly devout one. Attempting to fly back from visiting family in India (from where his parents had emigrated, legally, to the US shortly before he was born in the 1970s), he was told at Mumbai Airport that he was on the US Government's blacklist and could not fly. This was depsite the fact that he'd been allowed to fly out without any problem, and held a valid US passport. In the end he had to fly to Panama via Brazil (even the flights to Mexico use US airspace, and so he couldn't go on one) and return to San Bernardino from there via a combination of bus, boat and train at a cost of $12k and two weeks. His travel insurance paid up, though. In response to this, a strong suspicion is emerging that all US Citizens who are discovered to be practising Muslims by the government are blacklisted automatically.

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The local right-wing rant station here was running the story a couple of weeks ago about a local veteran who had served with distinction in Bosnia and Iraq.

What was their take on it? Pretty poor way to treat one of your citizens, IMO!

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What was their take on it? Pretty poor way to treat one of your citizens, IMO!

Essentially that anti-terrorism is being used as a pretext by the Obama administration to impose Big Brother, big government, surveillance state, etc. etc. on anyone who supports its political opponents (this guy was a registered Republican). They were trying to link it to the tax authorities allegedly targeting right-wing charities for forensic audits and that sort of stuff, and essentially accusing the government of using the no-fly list as a political weapon.

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Essentially that anti-terrorism is being used as a pretext by the Obama administration to impose Big Brother, big government, surveillance state, etc. etc. on anyone who supports its political opponents (this guy was a registered Republican). They were trying to link it to the tax authorities allegedly targeting right-wing charities for forensic audits and that sort of stuff, and essentially accusing the government of using the no-fly list as a political weapon.

Not much difference from Blighty then.

Moral panic about jihadists returning from Syria, yet William Hague et al are financing them.

Shouldn't the Met's anti-terrorist branch finger Mr Hague?

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