'The US should encourage Arabic language students, not criminalise them' by Anna Lekas Miller. [x]
In August of 2009, Nicholas George boarded a flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. He was on his way back to university at Pomona College. While he was going through airport security, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent discovered Arabic language flashcards in his carry-on luggage.
He was pulled aside, detained and interrogated for five hours – two of which were allegedly spent in handcuffs.
"Do you know who did 9/11?" one of the TSA agents allegedly asked.
"Osama bin Laden," George responded.
"Do you know what language he spoke?"
"Do you see why these cards are suspicious?"