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Celaeno



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:39 am    Post subject: Speaking a foreign language is now a suspicious activity? Reply with quote

The Seattle Post Intelligencer wrote:
Man questioned and misses flight for speaking Tamil

By BRAD WONG
P-I REPORTER

A 32-year-old man speaking Tamil and some English about a sporting rivalry was questioned at Sea-Tac Airport and missed his flight Saturday because at least one person thought he was suspicious.

The Port of Seattle dispatched its police officers to investigate the case, which occurred Saturday around noon, said Bob Parker, airport spokesman. The Chicago man was preparing to board an American Airlines flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The man was speaking Tamil, a language largely used in India, Sri Lanka and Singapore, on his cell phone at the departure gate and on the aircraft. An off-duty airline employee heard the conversation and informed the flight crew.

The man also apparently said something in English about a sporting rivalry at his alma mater.

"It's a big misunderstanding," said Parker. "He had a perfectly innocent explanation that all added up."

Parker said it is incumbent on airport officials to investigate reports of suspicious activity.

"It's hard to triage over the phone," he said.

But Parker had no explanation as to why a man speaking Tamil, which is spoken worldwide, would be considered suspicious. The person who contacted airport officials could give an answer to that question, he added.

Parker said the man was cooperative and boarded a later flight to Texas. He told officials that he would not speak in a foreign language on his cell phone at an airport in the future.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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He told officials that he would not speak in a foreign language on his cell phone at an airport in the future.

What. the. fuck?

Country, we have gone off the deep end.
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Celaeno



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, that part honestly bugged me the most. Why was he so complacent? How is this okay? Why are we letting it be okay?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm gonna learn another language so i can speak it 'suspiciously' in public places.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celaeno wrote:
Yeah, that part honestly bugged me the most. Why was he so complacent? How is this okay? Why are we letting it be okay?


Fighting back is hard and requires extra time and effort. In short, going along is just easier. Also, some people just don't fight or stand-up for themselves. Ever.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Xilonen wrote:
i'm gonna learn another language so i can speak it 'suspiciously' in public places.


durka durka jihad durka durka muhammed ali?
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Xilonen



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sporko wrote:
Xilonen wrote:
i'm gonna learn another language so i can speak it 'suspiciously' in public places.


durka durka jihad durka durka muhammed ali?


bourka bourka!
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Dogen



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't speak swedish to a terrorist. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

she's clearly not a terrorist, but a puppet freedom fighter!
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Dogen



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know... I didn't see her doing the secret signal.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hola Senorita muy bonita de airlino!
Tengo un gato en mis pantilones, he he he...
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No! No tengo un bombo! No! No trabajo de Al Queda! No Trabejo el Al Queda?
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Que? La enchilado? Si, mis trabajas en Al Queda. Mi quero enchilado. Donde esta tengas mi? Seniors?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Achtung meine damen und herren. Wir haben den papierkorbe gefunden. Wir werden uns auf die supermarkt treffen, weil ich milch kaufen muŖ.

Yeah, I'm a german terrorist, beetches!

Disclaimer: if you can read that, i take no responsibility for my appalling grammar and/or spelling of it =P

Oh and btw, good on the guy for being complacent. Much better than letting rip on them imo ^_^
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen wrote:
I don't know... I didn't see her doing the secret signal.


i waggle my arms at you, sir!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we look at this through a racist stand-point...

1. Indians look like Muslims.
2. If they look like them, they speak the same language.
3. If they look like Muslims and they speak like Muslims, they are Muslims.
4. If they're Muslims, they're terrorists.
5. He was flying to Texas.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Katrin wrote:
5. He was flying to Texas.

Yeah, to go ranching with Dubya of course =P
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