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Monday, January 05, 2004

Guilt by appellation

Comment vous appelez-vous?:
US delayed flights due to a few suspicious surnames

French irritation over US controls on transatlantic flights was reinforced on Friday when the interior ministry revealed that American intelligence based its suspicions on passengers' surnames only.

This led to a child with a name similar to a Tunisian terrorist, a British insurance agent and an elderly Chinese woman restaurant owner being questioned by counter-terrorist police when several flights from Paris to the US were cancelled shortly before Christmas.

Three other "suspects" who were questioned were French citizens with Arab-sounding names.

All the suspects' names, supplied by the US, were found merely to be similar in sound or spelling to those of wanted al-Qaeda activists. [LINK] [Emphasis mine]
Wow! Let's say we just skip all the surnames beginning with "al-" and go right to the "B" names.

We can start with "bin Laden":
In the two days immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, the U.S. government allowed bin Laden family members to fly within the country during a general ban on air travel. [LINK]
Here's someone else with a very suspicious surname -- Barbara Bush:
[Y]ou can criticize me, but don't criticize my children and don't criticize my daughters-in-law and don't criticize my husband, or you're dead. [Emphasis mine]

Barbara Bush on CNN's Larry King Live, October 22, 2003
That's not very nice, Mrs. Bush. Knowing your son's record of quick executions, I no longer have to wonder where he gets it from.

She has some fucking nerve, but it doesn't surprise me coming from the Bush Family Evil Empire. Her husband and her children deserve something much worse than just criticism. They need to look in the fucking mirror.
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