DHS holds terror talks with UK Minister, then detains him
Interested in terror, check, politics, check, step over here sir...
The UK's first Muslim Minister has chalked up his second detention at the hands of the US Department of Homeland Security - with exquisite irony, at Dulles Airport in Washington DC on his way back from talks with, er, the DHS on tackling terrorism.
Shahid Malik, who was also recently identified as Britain's most expensive MP, was detained by DHS officials, and he and his hand luggage were searched. He reports that he and two others, both black Muslims, were taken aside for further questioning.
Malik was previously held by staff at JFK in New York, last year while returning from an event where he'd been a keynote speaker on defeating extremism. Then, he claims, he was subjected to an "abusive attitude" from DHS staff.
The DHS' terrorist detection systems do seem to have an unfortunate knack when it comes to impressing relevant British Parliamentarians. Three years ago it contrived to demonstrate the efficacy of no-fly lists, in a negative sort of way, to a delegation from the UK's Transport Committee, headed by chair Gwyneth Dunwoody. As the impressed Dunwoody commented on the regime at the time, "it's a sort of general level of arrogant incompetence." Malik is no doubt similarly onside in the war on terror. ®
"with exquisite irony"
But that'll be lost on them, won't it..?
Should've got diplomatic credentials then.
Sorry, but he's a non-white Muslim travelling to the US. How did he think he was going to get treated?!? What an idiot.
At least now he knows what many of the general public have to go through,
thanks to the government HE works for.
The terrorist have won, our rights are now gone.
Many thanks uk.gov and us.gov.
"I feel the threat offered during the Cold War and even WWII was a little bit more dangerous. Notice how we didn't run and cry for our mummies, chucking away civil rights and banning bottles of water during those escapades."
Not to rain on your parade, but civil rights went pretty much out the window in both the UK and the US during WWII. Those of Germanic or Japanese ancestry were interred, the UK effectively had martial law (curfews, internal travel passes, ...) and both had compulsory acquisition orders for factories, land and any other facility needed for the war effort. Where do you think the land for all those airfields came from?