Outspoken Muslim against no-fly lists lands in Turkish prison as ISIS member.

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  1. FieldingMellish, Nov 24, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015

    FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Read it all here.


    Not that you’ll find this in the NY Times or anything.

    The man is Saadiq Long and his case in 2013 was picked up by MSNBC and Mother Jones. Long was being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization that some consider a terror group.

    Saddiq Long was said to be a poster boy for the fight against the no-fly lists.

    According to the article, “His story got considerable media attention when his CAIR media representatives here pushed the story that Long wanted to return to his native Oklahoma from his current home in Qatar to visit his ailing mother but couldn't because he was on the TSA's no-fly list. They said his case represented institutional "Islamophobia.””

    That’s a hot one.

    The guy was a terrorist sympathizer.

    Now Long and several family members are sitting in a Turkish prison.

    For its part, CAIR has 22 article entries related to Long's case on its website. Busy beavers, they are. http://www.cairoklahoma.com/blogs/tag/Saadiq+Long.html
  2. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I wonder if he also likes movies about gladiators.
  3. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Fox News isn't reporting this either. In fact PJMedia appears to be the only source.
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    And given Turkeys support for Daesh their word isn't exactly worth anything.
  5. FieldingMellish thread starter Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'm no search expert, but I entered "saadiq long in prison" and it turned up more than a page of hits.
  6. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    If you bother to read those pages you'll almost certainly see it link back to the PJMedia article. It doesn't matter how many sites are reporting this if they're all just quoting one source.
  7. FieldingMellish thread starter Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Fox News made inquiries to get to the bottom of it.

    Verbatim: A State Department official confirmed to FoxNews.com that an arrest took place, but did not say if it involved Long.

    “We are aware of reports that a U.S. citizen was arrested in Turkey, the official said. “The protection of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the Department of State’s highest priorities. The Department stands ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Due to privacy considerations, we are unable to comment further.”

    CAIR’s Oklahoma representative, Adam Soltani, who also represented Long at the time of his flying troubles, did not immediately return requests for comment.
  8. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Uh.....so Turkish police arrested him, but there is no mention as to why and the article only alludes to "operations".

    I'll hold off until we actually hear details, verifiable details. Though the article clearly is trying to get a certain tone across now isn't it, again with no details or sources.
  9. FieldingMellish thread starter Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    The Daily Caller furnished an update. They was able to confirm that Long, his wife, and their daughter were detained in Turkey. A family relative told The Daily Caller that the U.S. embassy in Ankara had confirmed the arrest but did not provide additional details. The relative said that an attorney is working on getting in touch with Long but claims that the Turkish immigration office is currently denying access.

    Long’s CAIR representative, Adam Soltani, did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment. An email sent to the U.S. embassy in Ankara was also not returned.
  10. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    So to reiterate, this is a thread created to boast about a man who speaks out against Islamophobia getting arrested as a "terrorist sympathizer" yet you can't provide any details on the arrest itself.

    This could be a case of a man who was attempting to aid a terrorist organization....just as easily as it could be a case of a political prisoner.

    What was the point of this thread again?
  11. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    If he was arrested for valid reasons, what does that have to do with the No Fly list?

    Why should any person, even the rotting zombie corpse of Osama Bin Ladin be denied boarding of an aircraft? Ok, so that particular zombie might stink, but as long as there are no prohibited items on his person - blades, firearms, explosives, 3 oz of shampoo - and he presents no immediate threat to any traveler or the aircraft why should it matter?

    In this case, he is a US citizen and was denied the ability to travel based on action by a government agency and without due process. That should horrify any and all of us who believe in the Constitution.

    It makes me ask, why does PJ Media side with terrorists who would seek a fundamental curtailing of the rights of Americans? Why do they hate America?
  12. hulugu macrumors 68000


    Aug 13, 2003
    quae tangit perit Trump
    Sourcing is thin on this.

    Exactly. It might be totally accurate, but the article is sketchy on details and everyone, including Fox News, are relying on PJ Media. Maybe it's just me, or my outlet, but if we can't independently confirm something, we almost never run a story.

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