U.S. Citizen Recalls “Humiliating” Post-9/11 Arrest

Abdullah al-Kidd, right, and his attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project, Lee Gelernt, talk about a Supreme Court lawsuit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Al-Kidd was handcuffed and marched through Washington’s Dulles International Airport in his Muslim clothing after 9/11. “I could only assume that (people) thought I was a terrorist,” he says.

Written by Mark Sherman for MSNBC.com

LOS ANGELES — Handcuffed and marched through Washington’s Dulles International Airport in his Muslim clothing, the man with the long, dark beard could only imagine what people were thinking.

That scene unfolded in March 2003, a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. One of the four planes hijacked in 2001 took off from Dulles. “I could only assume that they thought I was a terrorist,” Abdullah al-Kidd recalled in an interview with The Associated Press.

Al-Kidd called his airport arrest “one of the most, if not the most, humiliating experiences of my life.”

The humiliation had only just begun.

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