Suit: FBI Used No Fly List to Recruit Muslim American Informants

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Four Muslim Americans have filed a lawsuit against the FBI claiming their names were added to the government’s secretive No Fly List and allegedly coerced to spy on their own communities, and told their names would be scrubbed if they cooperated.The Center for Constitutional Rights, along with the City University of New York School of Law’s CLEAR project, filed an amended complaint on April 22 on their behalf, arguing that the men are innocent and pose no threat to aviation security. The suit also notes that one of the men was alienated and stigmatized after his relatives and acquaintances were allegedly approached by government agents and questioned.In the suit, they claim their clients were deprived “of their right to travel freely and wrongly stigmatized…without justification and without due process of law by placing them on the No Fly List.”Since their inclusion on the mostly-secret list, one of men has been unable to travel to see his 93-year-old grandmother, and another has gone five years without seeing his wife and three daughters, according to the court filing.The four men—Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah, Naveed Shinwari and Awais Sajjad—either suffered economic losses or emotional distress due to the FBI’s unwarranted questioning, the suit claims.In an interview on Democracy Now on Thursday, Shinwari said his first interaction with government agents occurred in October 2011 when he was denied a boarding pass in Dubai after spending several months in Afghanistan—where he got married. Shinwari, who lives in West haven, Conn., said he was interrogated by two FBI agents for roughly four hours.“I was pressured to give them everything that I know in order to go back home,” he told the program. “And the more I give them, the better chance of me coming back home.”He also refused a lie detector test because “I was very truthful to them from the beginning,” he added. He was questioned again five days later after returning to Washington, D.C., the suit states.In March 2012, Shinwari alleges he was prevented from boarding a flight to Orlando, Fl., where he had found a job. According to the suit, agents approached him and said “they were aware of his inability to board his flight, and again asked him to work as an informant.” He refused.In his interview with Democracy Now, he recounted his experience with government agents.“Tell us everything,” they allegedly demanded. “Where have you been? Have you attended any training camps in Afghanistan?”Naveed Shinwari, a Muslim American from Connecticut, says he discovered he was on the No Fly List after boarding a flight to Orlando, Fl., where he got a job. (Photo credit: Screenshot, Democracy Now)A second plaintiff, Awais Sajjad, of Brooklyn, a convenience store employee, was approached by two FBI agents at the check-in counter of John F. Kennedy International Airport in September 2012, where he was attempting to board a flight to Pakistan so he could visit his ailing father and elderly grandmother.He was allegedly brought to a windowless interrogation room and was later told by agents that his inclusion on the FBI No Fly List prevented him from traveling.“They asked him for his best friends’ names, and whether he had any girlfriends,” according to the suit. “He was asked whether he had any military training or ever sought to enlist for terrorism training. Mr. Sajjad answered all of their questions truthfully. He told them he had never had any kind of training and had never been in trouble with the law.”During the alleged interrogation, three agents reassured Sajjad that “they would be willing to help him get off the No Fly List and gave him the impression that such assistance would be provided if he agreed to their requests,” the suit states.One month later, after visiting Sajjad’s sister house in New Jersey, agents told Sajjad they wanted him to work for them in exchange for U.S. citizenship and a salary, according to the suit. He declined.He was later brought to FBI headquarters in Newark where he underwent a polygraph test, which he failed.“Mr. Sajjad was very frightened. He did not know what a polygraph test was. They attached multiple wires to different parts of his body,” the suit alleges. “He was told to remain very still and not even move his eyes, and to answer their questions. They then asked him many questions, including whether he loved the United States of America, whether he loved Pakistan and whether he would ever do anything that might bring shame to his family. They also asked whether he had signed up for or taken military training in Pakistan and whether he had ever used any guns.”The suit criticizes the FBI for the lack of transparency regarding the No Fly List. The government has not published the criteria for inclusion on the list, the suit says, adding that to be nominated for the list, there is supposed to be “reasonable suspicion” that the person is a “known or suspected terrorist.”It is unknown how many people are currently on the No Fly List. The government’s main terrorist watch list ballooned to at least 700,000 people, the New York Times reported last November.In the suit, the four men are seeking removal from the list and monetary relief for damages they have suffered.The latest allegations follow a string of lawsuits and complaints against the government and the NYPD for what many in the Muslim community consider unwarranted surveillance, which picked up following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.The NYPD’s top brass this month disbanded the controversial Demographics Unit, which spied on Muslims in the city and across its borders for about a decade. Many are skeptical, however, that the department has altogether discontinued covert actions against Muslim Americans.In an email on Friday, the FBI declined to comment for this story.last_img read more

Let me tell you one story – the story of small but big Ston as a top destination

first_imgLet’s tell stories, our authentic stories. That is the very essence of tourism. The main star of this largest vineyard in the Croatian south is plavac mali, a variety that has been planted in almost 90 percent of Pelješac vineyards. Although the wine cellars are scattered along the entire rural part of Pelješac, you will experience one of the most beautiful Pelješac oenological stories in the wider area of ​​Ston. In the settlement of Putniković, surrounded by vineyards that rise above the most beautiful Adriatic beaches, visit the first Croatian Museum of Viticulture and Enology and the House of Wine Tradition. Thus, every guest of the Pelješac peninsula can find out and experience how wine on Pelješac has become a way of life. Da li neka destinacija može tražiti više od toga? Kada tome pridodamo cijeli poluotok Pelješac, blizinu Dubrovnika ( inače za gradnju Stonskih zidina zaslužna je upravo Dubrovačka Republika ) , otoke Mljet i Korčulu, kao i dolina Neretve – možemo svakako zaključiti kako je Ston i cijeli taj prostor vrhunska destinacija. Da vam ispričam jednu priču – priču o “malom”, ali velikom Stonu kao vrhunskoj top destinaciji. #We live it. You will love it! Visit Ston  Solana Ston enjoys status the oldest active saltworks u Europi, moguće i u svijetu, te najveće sačuvane u povijesti Sredozemlja. Tzv. bijelo zlato na tom su području počeli eksploatirati i brati još i stari Rimljani, a na podjednak se, prirodan i tradicionalan način – uz pomoć mora, sunca i vjetra, morska sol i cvijet soli tamo proizvode i danas. Nevjerojatno, zar ne?  Did you know that oysters have long been known as an aphrodisiac? The longest walls and the oldest saltworks in Europe, the best oysters in the world, the empire of Plavac mali, a traditional way of life and indescribable peace. It is all Ston, a destination of great values ​​and authentic stories. center_img Just as oysters celebrated Ston on the gourmet map of the world, so quality Pelješac wines have positioned the entire Pelješac peninsula at the very top of the oenological scene of the world.  „Zaštitnik znak” Stona su monumentalne zidine koje su, s dužinom od 5,5 km i visinom između pet i deset metara, uvjerljivo najduže zidine u Europi i others by length in the world (right after the famous Great Wall of China!).  Doživjeti šetnju među najdužim zidinama na svijetu, okusiti morsku sol iz najstarije aktivne solane u Europi, kušati najukusnije kamenice na planeti, nazdraviti životu proslavljenim vinima, plivati u čistom tirkiznom moru – treba li nam više od toga? A destination that Dubrovnik must sell and every Dubrovnik guest must experience Ston and this destination in a broader sense. Just to remind everyone of their wealth, the Ston Tourist Board presented new videos with which it continues its #We live it campaign. You will love it! Visit Ston The gastronomic delicacy that celebrated Ston and put it on the gourmet map of the world is oyster. Nije tajna da za tom morskom školjkom iz Malostonskog zaljeva uzdišu gurmani diljem svijeta, tvrdeći da je upravo stonska kamenica najukusnija i najsočnija na svijetu. Stonska kamenica nepresušna je inspiracija za chefove koji je u tamošnjim restoranima i konobama pripremaju na niz kreativnih načina. Ipak, svi su suglasni da je najukusnija kada je svježe izvađena iz mora, dakle sirova, te pokapana s tek nekoliko kapi limunovog soka.last_img read more

Rohr: Forget about my contract, let’s focus on Super Eagles

first_img Loading… The former Franco-German’s current deal with the Nigeria Football Federation expires in July and there has been no talk for an extension so far. Although the 66-year-old has made it clear that he wants to continue with the team, but he’s adamant that he won’t run after the Federation for a new deal.Advertisement Promoted Content17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa Davis14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian WomenCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind “I will not ask the NFF what is going on with my contract renewal (with just over three months left on his present deal). It’s for the NFF to approach me. I am still waiting,” BBC’s Osas Obayiuwana quoted Rohr on Twitter. “My job is to focus on the Super Eagles, as long as I am the coach of this team. And I am going to do just that.”Right now, my concern is that our players in Europe stay physically fit, even when they are not playing, because of the coronavirus situation.” Rohr signed with the Nigeria Football Federation back in 2016 and has to the Super to two major tournaments. Read Also:AFCON: Ex-Super Eagles midfielder lauds Rohr’s list against Sierra LeoneHe led the team to the 2018 world cup, where they failed to make it out of the group staga and also third-place finish at the 2019 Afcon tournament in Egypt. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has said he was focusing on his job with the National team and not his contract situation with the NFF.last_img read more

The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus

first_imgLafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.center_img Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021. If they opt out, their status as season-ticket holders and their existing seats and ticket packages will remain in place for next season.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Catena signals its expansion intent with new ‘major recruits’

first_img Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Further to publishing its H1 2018 interim results, Stockholm-listed Catena Media has strengthened its senior management team supporting its ongoing ‘international expansion and diversification strategy’.Michael DalyCatena governance confirms the appointments of Michael Daly as US General Manager and Nigel Frith as General Manager of Financial Services.Furthermore, Catena confirms the appointment of Andreas Ericson as new Director of M&A, identifying new market transactions.US lead Michael Daly joins Catena from online gambling platform developer GAN, where he previously served as Executive VP of North America (2015-2018).A financial services marketing veteran, Nigel Frith joins the Stockholm-listed enterprise from legacy forex portal FXCompared, where he served as Global General Manager (2017-2018).Nigel FrithCatena’s General Managers will be supported by Andreas Ericson, a former Telenor and Kinnevik technology investment director.Updating investors, Per Hellberg, Group CEO of Catena Media, commented on the new appointments.“Major recruits have joined our team in the second quarter,” he said. “To build our London office and the Financial Services vertical, Nigel Frith was appointed in March, beginning vigorously with four new finance acquisitions.“Our new General Manager in the US, Michael Daly, will use his strong capabilities to enhance our efforts in the US market. As the new Head of M&A, Andreas Ericson will increase already high acquisition rate and help us to reach our goals in the US and globally. I am happy to have joined Catena Media as of June and the team and I are strongly motivated to take Catena Media to new heights.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submitlast_img read more