Skip to comments.American on US no-fly list stranded in Egypt
Posted on 06/16/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT by too_cool_for_skool
CAIRO A Virginia man, stuck in Egypt for the last six weeks living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food, said Wednesday his name was placed on a U.S. no-fly list because of a trip to Yemen.
Yahya Wehelie, 26, who was born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Somali parents was returning with his brother Yusuf from 18 months studying in Yemen, when Egyptian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight to New York saying the FBI wanted to speak with him.
Wehelie said he was then told by FBI agents in Egypt that his name was on a no-fly list because of people he met in Yemen and he now cannot board a U.S. airline or enter American airspace. His passport was also canceled and new one issued only for travel to the United States, which expires on Sept. 12. He does not have Somali citizenship.
"It's amazing how the U.S. government can do something like this," he told The Associated Press from his ramshackle hotel in downtown Cairo.
"I'm cool with all their fighting terrorism and all that, I'm cool with that, I like that, more power to them," he said in American accented English, wearing baggy basketball shorts and a long white T-shirt.
"My home is America and I don't know why I can't go back there," he said, adding that he even suggested to the FBI to "put me in like ConAir or something ... in an airplane with a bunch of U.S. marshals or whatever, in handcuffs just get me back home."
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Now what would one be studying in Yemen for 18 months? What are Yemeni schools noted for?
We are probably better off with this fellow in a cheap hotel in Egypt than in the US. We might even subsidize his Big HalaliMacs.
Good-—keep him there and ship the rest of the dreck here in the USA back to the sand pits of origin where they belong.
Anything that an American has to go to Yemen to learn for the past 18 months should buy him a spot on the no-fly list, keep him where he is.
Let me get this straight, he has been associating with known terrorist, and now he is upset that he has been placed on the on-fly list.
Me thinks that the saying “If you don’t want to wake up with fleas, don’t sleep with dogs” is very appropriate.
Jun 16, 2010 4:40 pm US/Eastern
“American Stuck In Egypt Due To No-Fly List”
“Virginian Yahya Wehelie, 26, In Yemen To Study Arabic, Restricted From Boarding Any U.S.-Bound Flight”
Wehelie: ‘It’s amazing how the U.S. government can do something like this’
snippet: “Yahya Wehelie, 26, who was born in Fairfax, Virginia, to Somali parents was returning from 18 months studying in Yemen, when Egyptian authorities stopped him from boarding his flight to New York saying the FBI wanted to speak with him.”
SNIPPET: “U.S. authorities have put Americans studying in Yemen under heavy scrutiny after a number of failed terrorist attacks were linked back to Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.
The Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) claims many American citizens delayed abroad under similar circumstances have been subjected to so-called pressure tactics. “
Diplomats come and go to Washington regularly, perhaps he could try to back when some of the personnel need to return!
The FBI is right. This type of profiling is a real good idea.
“....just get me back home.”
Swim for it Yahyah, or whatever your name is, and don’t forget your brother Yusuf.
You are known by your associates.
Ok, so he can’t fly but he can take a ship. Or easier yet, fly into Mexico and cross over with all the other OTM illegals at the border. There’s ways to get here and with his Yemen buddies’ influence, I’m sure he can think of other ways. Sounds like he’s whining to make a point with the media or this is some sort of dry run scenario to find holes in the system.
“Studying in Yemen...for 18 months...”
Enough to qualify him for a Master’s degree at any top rated marshmallow major university.
or put him in the brig aboard a Navy ship heading back to home port in the U.S. Chief-Masters-at-Arms make those such enjoyable palces.
We need a no in country list.
If they don’t want people on the no fly list to buy guns, then the list needs to be definitive that the people on the list are a threat. Any list that definitive should also keep and kick people out of the country.
I have a name that is on the no fly list, once they check my info I am always cleared to get on the plane. If they won’t clear him even after talking to the FBI, I am sure it is for a good reason.
He can take a boat.
Bombs. Wife beatings. Honor killings. Fallafals.
Probably in that order.
SNIPPET from post no. 1:
"Wehelie said he was then told by FBI agents in Egypt that his name was on a no-fly list because of people he met in Yemen..."
What does an Americanized kid of Somali parentage need to learn in Yemen? This punk was “studying” terrorism and making questionable friends. Good on on the FBI. The rule should be: you go to a country like Yemen or Somalia or Pakistan, you hang out with our enemies, you can’t come back. He can just sweat it out in a wonderful Muslim country and get really acquainted with his “culture.” Do not pass go; do not collect $100. They will eventually let him return, I am sure, but from that time on he should be watched, tracked, phone-tapped and everything else. Maybe he can come home on a boat.
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