The all important job

Published Sep 20, 2012 08:16am

Gentlemen ... (looking around) Ok, I see there are couple of girls too, so let me start over. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Washington Dulles Airport for your orientation to the career you have chosen – protecting America from the hordes of America-haters who show up on our ports and borders pretending to be visitors, students, businessmen or some such eye wash, with the express intentions of harming Americans and our way of life.

My name is James Jolly, and no you cannot call me JJ. I work with Department of Homeland Security, and I take my job very seriously. I expect you to take yours just as seriously if not more, because we are the first line of defense between the evil aliens and the good Americans. I'll be showing you how to recognise and catch these rascals, and how to deal with them ... all through this one-way glass wall that opens directly into the arrivals hall.

Now, as you can see passengers are streaming in and queuing up at the immigration desks. We never rush through this process because this is where the suspects are at their most vulnerable. They think we are asking them stupid questions. Little do they know that we want them to think we are stupid so that they let their guards down and … Baam! We pounce on them when they least expect it. Here, I am going to turn this speaker on so you can hear this conversation one of our officers is about to have with the two brownies in queue number 6.

I must make it clear that everything that happens here should happen according to the book. I don’t bring my likes and dislikes, my prejudices, nothing, when I am doing the job of protecting Americans. There are rules to be followed and procedures to stick with. One of them is random investigation. We pick a passenger, or group of passengers, totally at random, and go through with them – according to the book – as if we were dealing with suspects. Today, I have picked this pair of brownies for your education.

If you’ve been to a fancy university you may consider this word ‘brownie’ a racial insult or something, but I want to tell you … I … don’t … care. I am a decent fellow, I believe in freedom, equality and all that crap, but I also happen to be a proud American and a hardcore professional. My professional instinct tells me the brown race is more evil than the Nazis. Who was bin Laden? Right, he wasn’t a Nazi, or a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And where was he holed up like a rat? That’s right, in Pakistan, the country infested with the worst kind of brownies. So, if you want be politically correct, go back to your universities and ask them to give you a politically correct job. I can only offer you frequent run-ins with the scum of the earth. Now let’s hear what these Pakis are up to?

Officer: You are a US citizen? Man: Yes, yes Officer: This young man with you? Man: Yes, yes, he’s my nephew. Coming first time. Officer: And you are traveling on a Pakistani passport, with a US visa issued in Pakistan? Man: Yes, yes, we get visa after one year … Officer: Sir I did not ask you. Let the young man answer for himself. Man: Ok, ok, but my nephew very shy. Speaks little little English … (James Jolly in his microphone: Give him a C, officer)

Get this ladies and gentlemen: If a passport has a code C sticker on it, the owner of that passport, and the entire party, is going for a detailed interview that will be conducted in the next room by a senior officer like me. For your education we’ll have it right here on this screen. The adult passenger has been asked to wait outside while the officer questions the young man.

Officer: How old are you? Boy: 18, sir. Officer: What relationship do you have with the gentleman sitting out? Boy: He’s my uncle sir, brother of my father. Officer: Is he also your trainer? Boy: Uh … actually … I mean he sometimes teaches me chemistry. Officer: Chemistry … that’s interesting. And how long have you been in training? Boy: 12 years, sir … I mean two years, sir … I mean after high school, sir. Officer: And have you learnt all about chemicals, and their properties, and how to mix’em to make firecrackers? You know firecrackers? Boom baam bang? Boy: (Looks puzzled, smiles an embarrassed smile) uh, actually … you know … I mean … Officer: You don’t have to answer in a hurry son. You’ll get plenty of time in Gitmo. Is orange your favorite color? Ah … just kidding. Tell me, what do you think of Americans? Boy: I don’t know … I mean good people, sir. I don’t know any American, sir Officer: Well, your uncle is American, isn’t he? Anyway, have you seen any American films? Boy: (Going red in the ears) yy …yes sir, only one or two. Officer: Do you remember any names? Boy: (Sheepishly) No titles, sir. And no story also. Officer: (Cutting him off) You can sit there and wait. I’ll be back momentarily.

Okey dokey. You heard the boy. What do you think? Is he a normal porn-watching teen or is he the young apprentice sent to blow up something bigger than him? Like a building? Let’s see your hands. Hmmm, so all of you think he’s innocent. That is why my dear ladies and gentlemen you have been sent to me. So I can give you the eye, sort of like an inner eye, intuition if you will, to judge everyone who isn’t white … er and black.

Here’s what we are going to do with these two. We’ll interview the old man and if we are satisfied we’ll let them go through customs. In fact they’ll breeze through customs because we have already instructed the staff at Heathrow, where they stopped over, to offload their luggage and go through it meticulously with the help of dogs and machines. Which means that the luggage will get here by tomorrow when we’ll break locks if we have to and check every article inside. So if the old man’s interview goes fine we’ll let them go … to Canada, their final  destination. Yes, they are only transiting through Washington Dulles. But like I told you, we at Homeland Security take our jobs very seriously because 300 million Americans trust us to protect them.

What about the luggage? It’ll get to them in Canada in two days time. And let me assure you the two passengers will do just fine without their stuff. These Pakis are used to walking barefoot, going without a shower and change of clothes, and crapping in holes in the ground. I’m only stating plain facts that may sound like prejudiced views to you.

Awl I’m saying is it doesn’t’ take nuclear science to know these people are not like us. And yet, to be fair, we’ll leave a printed leaflet in their luggage informing them of the actions we have taken and explaining to them that the inconvenience caused to them is a small price to pay for the larger goal of protecting Americans.

Any more questions?

 


Masud Alam is an Islamabad-based writer, columnist and journalism trainer. He can be reached at masudalam@yahoo.com

 


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Comments (80) (Closed)


Sunil Kumar Panda
Sep 21, 2012 01:57pm
Dear Writer, I am living in US for more than two decades and I fly frequently too. I have never faced any problem from US customs nor they have ever misbehaved me. People are very kind and respectful in US Airports. I wonder which airport you landed in US. Can you please backup your claim with some proof so that we can investigate these allegations. Thanks, Sunil Panda
peddarowdy
Sep 21, 2012 04:20pm
For now!
Rattan(Sydney)
Sep 21, 2012 05:58am
Dont go to the US if it is that bad.
saju
Sep 21, 2012 05:04am
appriciate on writ up by intellectuals, but concern and solution of existence of pak, this writ up are not reaching to common man,
Akhlesh
Sep 21, 2012 12:13pm
David Headley is a Pakistani-American. His mother is American (white) and his father is a Pakistani (with a Pakistani passport and residence).
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:28pm
Well as a Pakistani I have travelled across the world on business especially Asia, Africa and the Middle East.. it seems Indians are everywhere, hence the comment that Pakistanis should leave the jewel of West America (I think you meant North America) to you doesn't apply. Seeing so many Indians outside India makes me wonder how difficult it must be to live in India that they have to live in their thousands in countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, South Africa etc. (forget about first world countries). All Indians i have seen on a tourist visa visiting other countries, were all desperate to leave India and live elsewhere.
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:31pm
You used wrong grammar in your last sentence. It should be: 'did they ever CATCH a single terrorist with this profiling?'
aa
Sep 20, 2012 02:40pm
seems like the author has never been to US. In Pakistan, Pakistanis and even muslims (like Ahmadis, Shias) get profiled and discriminated against. In US, they go by the book. Everybody has a bias but never have I seen an immigration officer in US behave rudely. Not even after most terrorists in that country either were Pakistanis or trained by Pakistan. This article is not based on truth.
Arindam
Sep 20, 2012 03:24pm
At the end of the day profiling and bias in some form exists everywhere in the world - the Americans ultimately have the right to decide who they want in their country and who they do not. If we cannot do without going to the US we just have to suck it up. We the 'brownies' also need to look in the mirror and ask oursleves why the world is aligning the way it is today.
Siddiqui
Sep 21, 2012 05:42pm
The article is total rubbish. I am a Pakistani American, and have lived in the U.S for the last 13.5 years. Last year only I travelled to Pakistan and back several times to tend to family emergencies with a Pakistani passport (since I only recently got my U.S. citizenship). None of what's stated in the article has ever happened to me - a Muslim male in late the 20's. Even though it is true that some times discrimination does take place; but it is certainly not the policy of the pertinents agencies! American Immigration officers are not trained to be rude or discriminatory! Some times it's the nature of the job or an over zealous agent. But, please do not demonize the whole system. Most agents at U.S airports are pretty respectful, even considering the fact that I have noticed some really unruly Pakistanis at the ports of entry. Our problem is that we tend to overexaggerate the issues. We have to stop doing that!!!
Sandip
Sep 21, 2012 12:00pm
Only thing I can say is they are doing there job and not doing anything to grab money out of you like the way it happens in South Asia.
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:18pm
How does this article concern Indians like you? Can't you see the Pakistani passport and that this story is about a Pakistani pair?
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:20pm
It seems no one is forcing you to learn English either.. Despite the impression you are giving that you live in the US
Deep
Sep 20, 2012 07:42pm
Why you go there then?
fahad
Sep 21, 2012 07:04pm
Before coming a US citizen, I've used Dulles airport more than a dozen times coming in the country and leaving the country in my teens and early twenties. I have never had any experience close to the fictional one the author has depicted. Immigration and customs officials are not overtly racist or prejudiced. They have a tough job to do and they are doing a decent job. Thousands of Pakistani passport holders come to USA and all they want is to have an American one in spite of all the airport hardships. If you are indeed not someone who has any wrongful intention, you will get through. Just be patient and be honest.
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:17pm
and who is India to tell us all that?
Neo
Sep 21, 2012 11:44am
yep the bottom truth..
Saad (DXB)
Sep 21, 2012 08:15pm
Yeah and the whole world knows who Hindus in India have gold medals to over 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat a few years ago, or how more than 60,000 Muslims in Kashmir passed away happily at the wonderful treatment accorded to them by the Indian security forces
naseem
Sep 21, 2012 04:49am
David Headley was American not Pakistani. get yr facts from international sources and not Indian newspapers.
Sami
Sep 21, 2012 11:45am
Well honestly no one cares in pakistan if you are minority or majority. Gov. treats all the same and we all know how much Pak. Gov. cares about their citizen
Karthik
Sep 21, 2012 05:49am
I guess its still much better than the way Pakistan treats its minorities.
pure
Sep 20, 2012 11:23am
i think he was detained,,, this is their duties,, we have made our image like this not them... check our selves
Noorani
Sep 21, 2012 06:08am
In March of 2011, I travelled from Dallas, Texas to Dulles Airport Washington and onward to Dubai with United Airlines and switched to Emirates at Dubai for my final destination Karachi. I was travelling with my American Passport and was not asked a single question at any stop what so ever. But my bags did not arrive to Karachi until two days after and were duly delivered to me where I was staying by contracted courier of Emirates along with compensation as per IATA rules. ( for which I had to make several phone calls to Emirates in Khi- the worst ever phone system an airline can have and also to United Air in Wasington) I have never used any kind of locks on my bags ir respective of where ever I am travelling. The troublesome part for me was a long wait at the Karachi Airport luggage collection hall to finally know that the bags had not arrived and the Emirates airline clerk on duty took his sweet time to complete the paperwork for the claim. I finally did get my bags after two days of arrival. Yes, my two bags were examined by US customs at some station and each bag had a written notice placed inside. What shocked me was that one bag was boozing out starwberry powder from all four corners of the bag. Who ever did inspect the containers did not put the lids back on and all the stuff inside the bags including pockets of all my shirts and pants were full of pink strawberry powder -- a breakfast drink I had carried for my niece's children. ( Will never carry any powder in bags again) Since then I travelled in Oct. /Nov of last year and in February of this year with no incident. but not from Dulles Airport.
Singh
Sep 21, 2012 02:20am
sour grape. why not copy like US & save innocent Pakistani. Pathetic writing. If you don't like don't come here. No body forcing you to visit US.
Xia
Sep 20, 2012 11:29am
Is someone forcing you to go there? Dont go if you are so fed up of them.
Trevor
Sep 20, 2012 09:08pm
great comback. I loved it. Pakistanis are always thronging US embassies, either for torching them for insulting their culture or to apply for visas.
P N Eswaran
Sep 21, 2012 05:13am
I appreciate the comments made by many Pakistanis which has so far been posted. Pakistan will be on the recovery rode with bright future if such open mindedness and capacity to self introspect percolates from common man to the top.
anony
Sep 21, 2012 07:24am
I totally agree with u here.
anony
Sep 21, 2012 07:24am
I want to narrate my personal experience here. I've been in the US for 12 years now and have travelled to Pakistan about 3 times in between. Each time, I had no issues 'at all' with any customs of immigration agents. They were very polite to me. Ofcourse I always made sure I carry proper documentation and answer their questions as clearly as possible. We Pakistanis get offended very quickly and are very emotionally charged. We mjust understand that the immigration officials are doing their job. Even when my parents came here for a visit, they were very impressed by the nature and professionalism of the immigration officers.
Mohammed Irfan
Sep 21, 2012 01:39pm
I live in England and I think we are very lucky because everything seems to be fair for everybody and as long as you have no bad intentions you are free to live your life as you want. I have always wanted to visit USA but the way Muslims get treated there I have decided NEVER to go there, instead I have been to other places like China, Hong Kong, Malasia, Dubai, Germany, France, Belgium, Saudi and of course many times to Pakistan. Why spend your money in a country that does not welcome you. I understand that they want to be safe but we all want all of us to be safe and we should go after evil people but just don't paint everyone with the same brush.
kashif
Sep 20, 2012 02:31pm
Nice article but just wondering if you have self created it or if this version does exist as US policies. I heard many people complaining even British for the humiliation they face in US and for that reason I never thought of going US...
Anon Ymous
Sep 20, 2012 11:32am
why.
Dilber Maseeh
Sep 20, 2012 11:12am
what a waste of time this article was. Writer, please get a grip !
FAQ
Sep 20, 2012 04:58pm
The writer is a "journalism trainer"? God help us all.....
Farhan
Sep 20, 2012 10:56am
He is highlighting, what is thought of Pakistanis by the US Authorities. Well written sir.
Hussain
Sep 20, 2012 04:41pm
I am also a Pakistani, and been through same situations. Unfortunately, I feel that the story is little skewed. They do ask questions, but they are very careful with their language.
salman
Sep 20, 2012 10:37am
what is the point? its their country and like any other nation, its their job to protect it. if we are not doing our job, we can't hold others responsible for it.
Peter Brown
Sep 20, 2012 10:25am
Racial profiling at its best when you travel to US, random security checks are only for "brownies" doesnt matter if they are US or citizens other visa free coutries! I think just to make it simple and clear, they should separate queues for non-whites regardless of passport!, This will atleast make it easier for whites and brownies will not be embarassed when all of them goes through extra security checks! one comment though, did they ever caught a single terrorist with this profiling?
Bilal
Sep 20, 2012 10:16am
I second that
Syed
Sep 20, 2012 05:10pm
I am from Canada and go to u.s quite frequently too and I have never seen a polite or helpful immigration officer. even on my canadian pp.
Vigilant
Sep 20, 2012 09:37am
Well written but unable to comprehend your motive of writing this blog
Imran Ahsan Mirza
Sep 20, 2012 09:22am
I have been to Washington Dulles airport. Amaing there were so many flags inside including Pakistan's showing America's open mindedness and lack of prejudice for various nations. There was a place of worship to offer prayers which could be used by Muslims unlike any of Pakistan's airports where a Christian or Hindu cannot pray freely. Americans have all rights to thoroughly search Pakistanis.
abhi
Sep 20, 2012 08:58am
This article is the reason americans are safe 100% all the time.Truly nationalistic.I wish india had these procedures before 26/11 which allowed pakistani american david headley who came to india to survey the attack locations.
RoboCop
Sep 20, 2012 08:47am
In resent what the American says about us in the second last paragraph........ we wear our shoes
Hasin Ahmed
Sep 20, 2012 02:38pm
How Pakistani passport holders are treated in Middle Eastern countries by their brothers perhaps you have not experienced that. And one of them doesn't even issue visa to Pakistanis. . How is that ?
Intrepid
Sep 21, 2012 06:19pm
Mr. Alam...there is NO perfect system of government anywhere in the world. You may or may not agree with me and that is fine. Your country, Pakistan is rapidly decending into the abyss of abject failure as a state. Your historical record clearly stands as a testament to repeated failures with the many military rulers and a few civilian ones that have come and gone into oblivion. Your economy is shattered, there is total lawlessness, Pakistan is suffering from disharmony, racial and minority biases and it is the target of the radicalised Muslims that are killing their own people, all the while your government remains totally unable and impotent in handling these situations! In 1971 your country massacred millions of your Bengali Muslim brethren until they were forced to rebel and win their own soverein nation. With this kind of a record I would not be pointing my finger at the US, rather I'd be looking in the proverbial mirror to look for a remedial solution to the problems of your failed state called Land of the Pure...!!!!
kumaarsauraj
Sep 20, 2012 04:35pm
Dozens of Pakistanis are shot dead or blown up in suicide bombings every day and you still have the nerve to mock America for trying to protect its people? Shouldn't you pray to your God that Pakistan also have people who are serious about protecting the lives of their own people, without caring for the occasional 'inconvenience' it causes themselves or others?
citizen
Sep 20, 2012 05:48pm
Contrary to your comments. The Hindu businessmen get VIP welcome in Lahore. Ask any Hindu businessman who been to Lahore. Do not take my word. Please think.. it does not cost you anything.
Abdul RAhim
Sep 22, 2012 06:54am
Well Said, One thing i don't understand that when airport autorities of US stops and investigate Sharukh khan at Us airport, all indians called it Discrimination, but when a pakistani humilated at us airport, all indians and even pakistani says " don't go to us" who force you to go there Double standard
Aamir
Sep 22, 2012 07:05am
I have been living in the United States since the last ten years and never has any American made me uncomfortable or treated me unfairly. It is the duty of the officers to investigate and protect the US.
Traveller
Sep 20, 2012 03:40pm
I have faced blatant discrimination and insult as well as friendliness and courtesy at different US ports of entry. I guess it boils down to the individual doing the checking and the overall nature of the staff and work environment at various locations.
Bobs
Sep 20, 2012 03:17pm
ever care to think why it happens with pakistani's?
gangadin
Sep 22, 2012 07:23am
Does any one think that you are treated better in any of the Muslim/Arab countries? If you don't like the treatment, don't go. Saudi Arabia is a good example of mistreatment of Pakistanis.
India
Sep 20, 2012 01:15pm
You r so true, I am an Indian and respect the way amercians protects their country, unlike in India where political parties are just doing vote bank politics....
h.mani
Sep 20, 2012 01:26pm
Very well,I know ,I have been through the custom,I look like you guys only,but within a minute he or she knows I'm read,white and blue,do not have Ganesha or Om dangling on my neck,do not have red tilak on my fore head,I'm out of there in Jiffy,lived in USA for 46 years,never been to August Parade,or Bollywood Nach gana,avoid like a plague,if India and Indian ways that good why bother to come here in first place,the problem with us ,we do things without understanding why?We have false pride in our religion,culture and ways,but want what West has,without working,hard,hence we get ourself in knots,what is more we get easily trapped to,I 18 year Pakistani was trapped few days ago in Vergenia.It is very sad for the family to visit near and dear locked up for 50 years in jail.Why can not we just live and improve our lot?without holiday to love religion?Just a thought.
U. Saifi
Sep 20, 2012 01:02pm
Rubbish - I travel to USA frequently on my Pakistani passport and have never been harassed. As a matter of fact I always found the immigration officers to be polite and helpful.
shahid
Sep 20, 2012 01:39pm
Having first hand experience I agree with you.
Pavas Ambashta
Sep 20, 2012 02:13pm
Sometimes it becomes very difficult to understand the hypocracy in Pakistani society!! Yesterday itself there was a news that a Pakistani national was beheaded by Saudi authorities because the person was involved in smuggling of drugs.. Interestingly most of the Pakistani readers were supporting this barbaric punishment in the name of law..On the other hand almost the same set of readers have been condemning the US for the checks and preventive measurements they take to stop the terrorists from entering their country!! If Pakistan do an impartial introspection then they will find that they have been the epicentre of terrorism in the world..How can you expect that the authorities to compromise with their security and dont give a second look on a passport of the country that had given shelter to OBL??
Que Zee
Sep 20, 2012 02:01pm
Now picture the same story but change the following Location: Lahore, Pakistan Passengers: 2 hindu *businessmen* from India All of a sudden we would be all praises for our officers that they are doing a great job. I'm all for doing away with borders but every country has to protect itself and though their measures may be a bit over the top, it's Their country and they have every right to do what they do in their country.
ip
Sep 21, 2012 08:16am
You do understand what 'Pakistani American' means, don't you?
Raja
Sep 21, 2012 02:42pm
Akhlesh, Headley is not a family name of a Pakistani. If his father is Pakistani than his father's surname should be David's last name as well (according to customs) but obviously Headley is not a Pakistani name! Keep in mind, according to customs, father's last name is used by kids, not mothers! It is quite logical, need to know your facts my friend!
Anon
Sep 22, 2012 03:41am
No one here can appreciate the sarcasm the author is trying to convey, try to have some sense of humor guys.
yusuf Khan
Sep 20, 2012 12:50pm
They are protecting their nation very efficiently, that's why there were insignificant terror instances after 9/11. They must be appreciated for that. I don't think that only Pakistanis are treated methodically even after so much hate present in Pakistan against Americans.
peddarowdy
Sep 20, 2012 12:00pm
Well, its sad, but yet I am unable to truly feel sorry. I am brown but our blue passports do not worry us. We are not harassed. After the attempt of Faisal Shehzad, you can't blame them, can you? Its a privilege they are even letting people from Pakistan in anymore and you write sarcastic blogs as if its some God given right to go to America. If you are going by the line that today its us, tomorrow it might be you. It is a very valid point. But, even India is strict in issuing visas to Pakistanis and people of Pakistani decent after the David Headley incident. So, if it applies to India, it would be hypocritical of me to expect USA to not follow on the same principles. West is made up of so many other countries. Why not leave the jewel of the West- America- to us Indians and pick some other country?
Sameer
Sep 20, 2012 06:13pm
I live in D.C and have a Pakistani passport and have traveled many times abroad and back into U.S and crossed border in car into Canada with no issues. Yes, there are questions asked but nothing that is out of the ordinary. I guess as a 'BROWNIE' I expect them to give me a 'C', so it is part of the process. Suck it up and move on!
Hanif
Sep 20, 2012 04:47pm
it dosn't happened this way, but might happened, dependes on the officer. I am living in USA for 23 years. in and out several times
Paki
Sep 20, 2012 10:25pm
True and very well stated, if Pakis have any dignity we must do the same to US citizen, especially when they enter Pakistan and when they purchase food within Pakistan, and stop all transit to Afghanistan, but the problem is baggers can be choosers??
Irshad
Sep 20, 2012 10:30pm
Would you mind "elaborating" what happens to americans at Pakistan airports?
Raj
Sep 20, 2012 03:46pm
Everybody including white Americans are also going through the same process when they travel internally. Hollywood celeb some times make hue and cry about it when they are intogated at the air port. So no surprise. We salute those hard core proffesionals for their duty.
Observer
Sep 21, 2012 12:12am
I think there is a lot of projection here. Yes some at the DFW are pretty crude but that does not mean all are like that.
Mohammad Ali Khan
Sep 22, 2012 02:50am
It is interesting that only place I was harassed unnecessarily,items were taken,bribe was asked was in my motherland, Pakistan.
Krishna
Sep 20, 2012 12:34pm
Good article.. we, the people from the sub-continent always think that the americans are being discriminatory to us at the airport immigration counters.. But the fact of the matter is 10 muslim hijackers from Asia went there and blew up their buildings killing 3000 americans..Imagine if 10 hijackers from America came to India or Pakistan and blew up our buildings.. I am sure that countries like India and Pakistan would never have allowed any single american to come to our countries... I think it is OK on part of the american immigration officials to be extra-vigilant.. after all it is their country and we are going to their country….Being from India myself, I also faced ‘staring eyes’ of Americans at the airport…although no Indian was never involved in any terrorist activity..
Paki dada
Sep 21, 2012 02:57am
Wow - we Pakistanis LOVE to talk about how the Americans are so mean and are trying to penalize the Pakistanis. NEVER in my umpteen travels to the US have I been mistreated, and never have I been coerced to say anything. Lets please call a spade a spade, and lets not make them look bad for what they do not do. I feel sorry for the American officers as they are the ones held responsible for the terrorists amongst us who get through, and make ALL OF US, that is Pakistanis look bad. WE need to clean up our act before we point blame on others!
Ajay
Sep 21, 2012 03:07am
If racial profiling can help save lives, I am all for it. I don't mind singaled out for security check. If we are so humiliated we can do the same to them on our airports. But we have no right to tell them how to run their country. Their house their rules. If our law enforcement agencies were that professional atleast innocent people won't die everyday. I am tired of this political correctness nonsense. Get your own house in order first, then you have a geniune case to whine..
Gaurav Arya
Sep 20, 2012 12:25pm
Americans are extremely arrogant but lets give them their due. After 9/11, there has not been a single terrorist attack on US soil. Also, if you feel so strongly about mistreatment at their airports, give them a bit of their own medicine at your airports....preferably some senior official of the State Department.
Adeel Ahmad Aamir
Sep 20, 2012 11:58am
Good style of story telling Masud Everything you have written is right but one thing I must tell you they are hard core professionals. I have been to Dulles airport and I have also gone through investigations though I was a guest of US State department but with me there were many other people from different nationalities who went through same investigations. For a safer America they don't spare anyone and I believe its their right and their duty too. As far as your writeup is concerned I am sorry to say it gives me a biased perspective.As far as my experience is concerned Americans don't deal with you on the basis of race, religion and nationality that is how America is the home of different cultures. religions and races.
Sridhar
Sep 21, 2012 03:23am
I could have called it a figment of one's imagination. But, I shall refrain. I am brown and have been traveling to US for the past 32 years, and for the past 13 years as a US citizen. The agents are polite, many times have asked me to just skip an X-Ray, almost always I am greeted cheerfully, wishing me "Have a nice day!" I have experienced rudeness in Heathrow like nowhere else.
Hassan
Sep 21, 2012 04:29am
yeah ...i agree with u...@krishna
shahzad khan
Sep 21, 2012 04:31am
yes sir we already got that solid future , Canada, You can have america
naseem
Sep 21, 2012 04:33am
I think it is the other way around. Two Pakistani businessmen in New Dehli. You people are more paranoid than Pakistani. You have more visa restrictions than US. Atleast when US issues visas it does not restrict you to visit two places.