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Sheehan Arabic T-Shirt ‘Profiling’ Protest

But at long last we have the answer to a question that had long puzzled many here:

What did the Arabic on Cindy's t-shirt say?

The answer come from taxpayer funded Communist propagandists Democracy Now!:

We Will Not Be Silent: Movement Grows to Challenge Racial Profiling at Airports

Friday, September 1st, 2006

A growing movement across the country is challenging what appears to be an increase in racial profiling at airports. More and more travelers are donning T-shirts that say "We Will Not Be Silent" in English and Arabic in solidarity with Iraqi blogger and activist Raed Jarrar who was forced to change the T-Shirt before boarding a JetBlue Airways flight at Kennedy airport.

There is a growing movement in this country to challenge what appears to be an increase in racial profiling at airports. More and more travelers are wearing T-Shirts that say "We Will Not Be in Silent" in English and in Arabic. Why? Well about two weeks ago, Iraqi activist and blogger Raed Jarrar did the same thing as he was boarding a JetBlue airways flight at Kennedy airport in New York. Airport officials forced him to change his T-Shirt before getting on the plane. Democracy Now spoke with Raed Jarrar ten days ago about the incident.

RUSH TRANSCRIPT

AMY GOODMAN: About two weeks ago, Iraqi activist and blogger, Raed Jarrar, did the same thing as he was boarding a JetBlue Airways flight at Kennedy airport here in New York. Airport officials forced him to change his t-shirt before getting on the plane. Democracy Now! spoke with Raed Jarrar ten days ago about the incident.

RAED JARRAR: Then I was supposed to take my airplane, my JetBlue airplane from JFK to Oakland in California last Saturday. So I went to the airport in the morning, and I was prevented to go to my airplane by four officers, because I was wearing this t-shirt that says “We Will Not Be Silent” in both Arabic and English. And I was told by one of the officials that wearing a t-shirt with Arabic script in an airport now is like going to a bank with a t-shirt that reads, “I am a robber.”

AMY GOODMAN: That's what the security said to you?

RAED JARRAR: Yeah. I was questioned by four officials from — I think some of them were from JetBlue and others were maybe policemen or FBI. I have no idea. I took their names and badge numbers, and I filed a complaint through ACLU against them, because I asked them very directly to let me go to the airplane, because it's my constitutional right as a U.S. taxpayer and resident to wear a t-shirt with Arabic script. And they prevented to let me exercise this right, and they made me cover the script with another t-shirt.

AMY GOODMAN: So they said you could not fly if you wore your t-shirt that said, “We Will Not Be Silent”?

RAED JARRAR: Yes. They said that very clearly.

AMY GOODMAN: We called JetBlue. The company responded with a statement saying that according to the airline’s preliminary findings the request to remove Raed’s t-shirt was not made by a JetBlue crewmember. We also called the Transportation Security Administration. They confirmed a TSA employee was involved, along with two JetBlue employees, in talking with Raed. But they said it wasn’t the TSA employee who bought Raed the t-shirt to change into.

Well, since our interview with Raed, major newspapers and corporate TV networks in the United States and around the world have picked up this story. Now, more and more people are putting on the “We Will Not Be Silent” t-shirts in solidarity when they travel…

Raed Jarrar is Iraq Project Director for Global Exchange/Code Pink.

Mr. Jarrar fails to mention that this happened after he, Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin and probably Tom Hayden all wore these same t-shirts when they flew to Amman, Jordan to treat (illegally) with purported representatives of the Iraqi government.

Apparently without incident:

And it's odd, apart from this Amy "Crone" Goodman interview, Code Pink has been surprisingly quiet about their latest campaign to aid and abet terrorism.

Perhaps they are going to lie low until the Muslim plot to blow up a dozen US airplanes flying from the UK is forgotten.

Though Mother Sheehan was still wearing this t-shit when she tried to disrupt a reception where she thought Karl Rove was speaking. (He wasn't.)

Of course Cindy will do anything to help the cause — of our enemies.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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