FC: Airport cops quiz Arab man about web postings (unverified)

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Nov 22 2001 - 08:59:13 PST

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    hello declan,
    i was disturbed to see this story, posted to indymedia.org today. under the 
    title "reason to be paranoid: a personal experience," the piece, apparently 
    by an arab man named ali kemal, told of him being stopped upon entering the 
    us and interrogated by a government agent. after allegations of involvement 
    with various muslim groups, which kemal denied, the agent produced imc and 
    other posts, which kemal says he always posted pseudonymously.
    he was eventually allowed to enter, to find that his family traveling with 
    him had also been questioned, including his daughter who was asked if he 
    had ever touched her inappropriately.
    this appears to represent concrete evidence of tactics of the increasingly 
    impudent "national security" apparatus, whereby posters to 'suspect' sites 
    are monitored for objectionable opinions, and are continually under threat 
    of future legal action- stymieing freedom of speech, and diminishing democracy.
    the story is here:
    some of the comments are interesting too... what do you think?
    ps- please keep me anon; thanks.
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