TSA can detain passengers for Arabic flashcards

Editor’s Note: Next you will probably be detained for having a copy of the U.S. Constitution, because you must be one of those “sovereign citizen” types.

A judge has ruled that Arabic flashcards are suspicious enough to be reasonable cause for the Transportation Security Administration to pull someone aside for questioning. Nicholas George, a college student in August 2009, was detained for hours at the Philadelphia International Airport for carrying educational, Arabic-language flashcards, some of which were words like “bomb” or “terrorist.” George filed a lawsuit against the TSA and the FBI, claiming his constitutional rights were violated. But the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in favor of the two federal agencies, blocking that lawsuit. RT’s Sam Sacks takes a look at the court’s ruling, as well as the reaction from George’s lawyer.

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