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Fmr Police Chief Gets a Dose of the Police State as He’s Detained at Airport ‘Because of His Name’

New York, NY — (RT) A retired police chief who served in US law enforcement for nearly 30 years says he was detained at JFK airport because his name, Hassan Aden, had reportedly been used as an alias by a person on “some watch list.”

After a joyful weekend celebrating his mother’s 80th birthday in Paris, Aden “happily” boarded his return flight to the US on March 13, a country he has been a citizen of for more than four decades.

When it was his turn to speak to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, Aden says he was asked if he was traveling alone.

“I knew this was a sign of trouble, I answered ‘yes,’ then he said, ‘Let’s take a walk,’” he wrote on Facebook.

That walk led Aden to what he described as a “re-purposed storage facility with three desks.” Signs were posted throughout the room, warning people to stay seated and informing them that using mobile phones was “strictly prohibited.”

Aden says he attempted to explain that he was a retired police chief, but the immigration officer said that he had “no control” and couldn’t release him, despite his long career in law enforcement.

A second officer provided a bit more information, explaining to Aden that his name “was used as an alias by someone on some watch list.” The 52-year-old was told that his information had been sent to another agency to “de-conflict and clear me so I could gain passage into the United States… my own country!!!”

While Aden waited, he noticed that he was being held longer than anyone else, despite having been a US citizen for 42 years. While the citizens of other countries spent five minutes in the room, Aden says he was stuck there for 1.5 hours.

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Despite being trapped with no means of communicating with his wife or family, he was told by the original CBP officer that he was not being detained.

“But I’m not free to leave – how is that not a detention?” he replied.

“My movements were restricted to a chair and they had my passport… and he had the audacity to tell me I was not being detained,” the retired police chief said.

As he waited, Aden said he recalled the “numerous trips abroad” when he had had “no problems” upon returning and was greeted by CBP officers with a “welcome home.”

He was eventually cleared and made his connecting flight to Washington DC “by minutes.”

Aden wrote that, despite being cleared, he now feels “vulnerable and unsure of the future of a country that was once great and that I proudly called my own.”

“This experience makes me question if this is indeed home. My freedoms were restricted, and I cannot be sure it won’t happen again, and that it won’t happen to my family, my children, the next time we travel abroad. This country now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a country that is isolating itself from the rest of the world – and its own people – in an unprecedented fashion. High levels of hate and injustice have been felt in vulnerable communities for decades – it is now hitting the rest of America,” he wrote.

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Hassan, who worked in law enforcement for 30 years, grew up in France and Italy. He spent 26 years serving on the police force in Alexandria, Virginia, and most recently served as the chief of police in Greenville, North Carolina. The father of two now runs a law enforcement-focused consulting business.

His detention came just two weeks after President Trump rolled out a new travel ban, which has since been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii. The executive order would bar the citizens of six countries from entering the United States. Trump has described it as a “watered down” version of the first ban, which sparked protests around the globe when the restrictions were chaotically implemented in airports across the US.

  • Peace and Love

    lol boohoo– how outrageous!

  • tz1

    This has only been going on since the 1980’s.
    Also note how he played the blue-privilege card. “But I’m a retired Cop!”.
    Even on domestic flights before the TSA and 9/11, Arabs would be “detained” – Spencer Abraham was Senator from Michigan and held a news conference with all the abuses in the 1990’s. No one seemed to care then.
    Ted Kennedy ended up on the “no-fly list”, but no one has cared that there is no judicial review, anyone can get on there for “secret” reasons and not get off.
    Meanwhile, the TSA is going to do more “pussy grabs” and no one has cared that the TSA has been sexually assaulting people for over a decade.
    Obama didn’t do anything about it or made it worse. So why blame Trump after 60 days in office?

    • cold340t

      We now know that Obama was being advised by Bushjr. on this very matter during his time in office. Cry me a river….Good thing he wasn’t handicapped or it would have been even MORE Intrusive. 9/11 the world changed? No WE CHANGED! TSA et al Kabuki/Molestation Theater nothing more.

    • Anonymous

      We remember the Ted Kennedy on the no fly list. We also have heard of little kids…BABIES!!! being denied access to a flight because they are on the “no fly list”! Ted Kennedy was able to get off it.

      However, countless innocent people have ended up on it…with no idea why, and unable to get off it. No trial, no court involved. How is this even constitutional???

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  • 174thandvyse

    I’ll be willing to bet that this cop voted for Trump. Now, he gets a SURPRISE!

  • doucyet

    Being the true “liberals” that you are, if I don’t agree with you, you restrict my access to your “news”.

    Fascism is alive and well on “Free Thought Project”!

    Be sure to agree with the writers or you to will be restricted……………….of your free thoughts!

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Gimme that! *takes away his crack pipe* Now calm the fuck down and tell me what’s going on. The fact that you’re commenting here means you don’t even have a Disqus ban – something MUCH easier to accomplish than personally blocking you from accessing our “news.” Are you having problems with your browser? I never much cared for this site’s homepage, so I check news stories here. http://thefreethoughtproject.com/2017/03/ Now, every month you have to change that second number – I expect you can intuit how that works.

      There’s pretty much NO WAY you’re being denied access to any part of this site, so c’mon dude! *hands the pipe back* Next time, I’m keeping it!

      • doucyet

        TY. I haven’t undated the link to FTP in months and months but it has working fine all this time. I just tried the link you provided with the same results. No news articles, only the headlines. Upon clicking the the headline I’m redirected to the comments bypassing the actual article. Adds gone for the most part (that’s OK though). Keep the pipe, it kills to many brain cells. I’m in short supply…………

        I’ll try a different browser, maybe Firefox is acting up on this site. If that doesn’t work I’ll shut down some of my spam filters (that have been running all along). Feel free to delete my attention getters if you like, I couldn’t access your “Contact Me” page.

        • billdeserthills

          Blacklisted news is also still working for me

      • doucyet

        It all makes perfect sense now. My Adblocker was recognizing you articles as adds and blocking them………….irony.

        • billdeserthills

          I have the same thing

          • doucyet

            It just started two days ago so they changed some settings. Their advertisers made them do it if they wanted to get paid. Imagine the irony, a site for free thinkers, anarchists, anti-establishment, etc etc………caving to the pressure of the almighty dollar.

          • billdeserthills

            Those Bastards

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Or Matt might have fiddled with the settings so that if you use Adblock, you can’t see the content. Websites can detect when you’re blocking ads. I don’t pretend to know the technicalities of it, but I can assure you that NO ONE here wants you gone. Echo chambers and hugboxes are fucking BORING. Your dissenting opinions – from the profound to the assheaded – are actually appreciated, at least by me. Pillows might be more fun and comfy that whetstones, but only one will keep a blade sharp.


      • billdeserthills

        No, it’s true because I can’t read any of the articles myself–Only the comments section will come up.

        I didn’t know you enjoyed crack, last time I tried it I did the whole bag up in no time and then I
        just kept wanting more–I never even felt high, what a gyp

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Of all the stimulants God ever made, crack is my least favorite!

          • billdeserthills

            I prefer straight cocaine to crack

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          My mockery was NOT of his claim to have problems – it was the automatic assumption that people here were “blocking his access” because of his ornery nature. Social media platforms (like Disqus) might block people, but I’ve NEVER heard of a website blocking someone from seeing their content.

          • billdeserthills

            That was actually what I was thinking, but I guess I haven’t been that bad.
            I guess you are right, they would likely prefer to block my access to the comments section,
            instead of blocking the content…

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Which can be easily done, I might add. Disqus is a separate “module” than the rest of TFTP and has separate controls. For example, Matt has editorial control over EVERY Disqus comment posted on this site, but ONLY on this site. He couldn’t go over to a place like Alternet or RawStory and fiddle with their comments, nor would his posts there have a mod badge like they do here.

          • billdeserthills

            I hear ya Cat, I was actually a mod for a short time,
            on a drug forum, lots of pain upon realizing once I was near the top of the ‘food chain’, the only way left for me to go was down. Nobody ever told me how to work anything, but I figured out plenty on my own

      • OneGoodDeed

        Actually, you are the reason that I rarely visit The Free Thought Project. If you think that you are helping this site out with your antics and abrasive remarks to others with differing opinion than yours, well you’re not. I await your snide remarks, as per usual.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          If you’re the kind of person who avoids a news site because of ONE person in the comments, I say good riddance, ya dumb cunt!

          • OneGoodDeed

            I prefer constructive dialogue. This site would be a lot better without your comments. You are not doing TFTP any favors. Think about that and try to have a nice day.

          • TFTPMOD

            I beg to differ. (It’s me again. I wouldn’t have moderatorial access to this site if I did nothing but cuss at people.) You don’t know as much as you seem to think you do.

          • OneGoodDeed

            I speak only for myself. I can no longer support TFTP. Good luck with your site.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            Funny thing is, my comments are usually the top-rated ones in any article where I have something of substance to say, so I’m inclined to believe the consensus of the entire collective rather than the word of one bitter malcontent… now kindly take a running fuck at a rolling doughnut whilst I go back to being more popular than you. Oh, and also… neener neener neener. (Wouldn’t want to disappoint your childish expectations.)

    • Anonymous

      HEIL HITLER!!!

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    Boy, that shoe is fucking TIGHT on the other foot, innit?

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  • TechGump

    Lol. He tried to use his “I’m law enforcement card.” Only when that failed, subject to what the rest of us deal with, does he now find this country “cold”. Taste the freedom!

  • Little_Caesar

    You stole my line Cat!

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