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ACLU suit says TSA detained student over Arabic flashcards

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Homeland Security correspondent Spencer S. Hsu:

A Pomona College student filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that he was abusively interrogated, handcuffed and detained for five hours at Philadelphia International Airport in August because he carried a set of English-Arabic flashcards as part of his college language studies.

Nicholas George, 22, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and its Pennsylvania chapter, charged that three Transportation Security Administration officers, two Philadelphia police officers and two FBI agents violated his constitutional rights to free speech and freedom from unreasonable seizure.

Representatives of the TSA, FBI and Justice Department in Washington, where most of the federal government was closed because of a severe winter storm, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia police, which also were dealing with the storm, had no immediate comment.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 10, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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But how much did this lawsuit cost the taxpayers in lost productivity and ACLU-inspired teabagging?

Posted by: member8 | February 11, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

But how much did this lawsuit cost the taxpayers in lost productivity and ACLU-inspired teabagging?

Posted by: member8 | February 11, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

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