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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, September 24, 2005

On the Homeland Security front...

In Tennessee, a University of Memphis student from Egypt, Mahmoud Maawad, 29, has been arrested and ordered held without bond after federal authorities obtained a search warrant for his apartment. There they found an airline pilot's uniform, a chart of the Memphis International Airport, and DVDs including "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act," "Ups and Downs of Takeoffs and Landings," "Airplane Talk," "Mental Math for Pilots" and "Mastering GPS Flying."

Maawad is charged with being in the U.S. illegally, as well as with wire fraud and the fraudulent use of a Social Security number. He has been present in the U.S. for seven years. U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Thomas Anderson said at Maawad's hearing, "It is hard for the court to understand why he has a large concentration of those [aviation] items, and nothing else to indicate Mr. Maawad plans to stay in the community."

Of note, the only way Maawad's presence became known to authorities was when the company from which he purchased the aviation materials informed them—and then only because he hadn't paid.

From The Federalist Patriot


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