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Student Detained by TSA over Arabic Flashcards
Nicholas George, a Pomona College student, was detained at Philadelphia airport for carrying Arabic-English flashcards in his pocket. George was carrying these cards with him as his major is Middle Eastern Studies. George has now filed a federal lawsuit against employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department for his five hour detention in which he was abusively interrogated about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and also asked if he was a member of a “communist group.”
The lawsuit charges that George’s Constitutional rights were violated–his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizure and his First Amendment right to free speech. George was never informed of why he was handcuffed, detained or arrested, and he was never informed of his rights such as a right to remain silent or a right to have an attorney present during questioning. George was finally let go with a ticket to fly home the next day, but was never given any apology or explanation.