Jul 14 2011
SCOTLAND: Muslims are boycotting the city’s main airport and choosing to fly from Manchester because of perceived harassment from counter-terrorism officers it was claimed last night.
SCOTLAND HERALD (H/T Henry P) –The allegations were made a t a public meeting called to discuss concerns held by parts of the Muslim community that powers held by police, ports and immigrations officials to question travelers at travel hubs were abused with travelers singled out solely on the basis of their race or skin colour. (No, just their religion)
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill told around 70 people at Pollockshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was a necessary tool in fighting global terrorism.
“But lawyer Aamer Ahmed said some Muslims had become so disillusioned at the way they were treated at Glasgow airport they decided to take their business south of the border. (How about Indonesia?) “He said he would challenge police to deliver statistics on how much counter-terrorism intelligence had been delivered as a result of questioning travelers at the airport.
“He said “The questions are offensive, rude and intimidating in the way they are carried out…It seems as if there is racial profiling going on at Glasgow Airport and what people from the community are doing is using Manchester Airport and other airports to fly out. (Yes, the questions are offensive to muslim terrorists, that’s the idea)
“Everything is not fine at Glasgow Airport. People do not accept the way they are being treated. They are not terrorists and they expect to be able to go about their business.” (Let them go live in a muslim country if they don’t like it)
Last year The Herald newspaper reported on the abuse of stop and search powers by Scottish police to intimidate Muslims into spying on their community. A Guardian investigation earlier this year also uncovered cases of Muslims traveling into Scotland’s airports being stopped by counter-terrorism police and asked “to keep an eye on the Muslim community.” (Why would they spy on their terrorist pals?)