Up | February 17, 2013
>>> all right. so you are denied a plane ticket, you're not told why. you go through this redress process. your mother is still ill . and then at a certain point you decide to try again. why did you decide to try again?
>> i'm sorry, can you repeat that last part?
>> you decided to try again to buy a ticket to come home to visit your mother . what prompted you to give it another go?
>> well, under the direction of care that needed to be done, so they could get it out in the media that i was still trying. in needed to still see my seriously ill mother . something had to be done.
>> and you were allowed to fly. you came home. you visited your mother . i under that the fbi came and showed up at your mother 's house before you had even landed, is that correct?
>> yes. as a matter of fact they did. they wanted to see her medication since, i guess they didn't believe the reason i was coming home was to see her. so they asked to see all of her meds.
>> they showed up at your terminally ill mother 's house and asked to see her medication to prove to them that she was, indeed, ill.
>> that's correct.
>> you came and visited your mother . and then decided after being with her and being able to see her you were going to return to your family in doha. you sent a letter to the fbi . what happened at the airport when you showed up to fly back to doha.
>> well, we tried -- i tried to check in, and the airline representative he had notified me that i would not be able to, in fact, and he requested a policemen to come on the scene and three of them showed up. which was very intimidating. and they basically told us that we would have to discuss it with the representative from tsa. and he in turn said that he had no idea why i was on the list but i should just call the fbi and they would explain to me.
>> so you show up at the airport in a have a police escort out of there. you are given no explanation.
>> no explanation.
>> what happened when you contacted the fbi to get some explanation?
>> well, so we sent a letter ahead of time prior to him flying to indicate that he would be flying, and we are yet to get an explanation as to why it is that he is on the no fly list.
>> the fbi won't comment about these cases. that's part of the standard pralting procedure they won't talk to us, or the press they say it's an ongoing case. you were then tailed by fbi agents after being at the airport?
>> no. i mean when i first arrived back in november that's when i, you know, i was tailed. and that's when my mother 's house and my sister's house, they were placed under 24 hour surveillance. but this last time, last week or so, february 6th no, they haven't been following us.
>> someone who served in the united states air force for ten years, as someone who served the country, how do you feel about being placed in this state of suspicion by your government?
>> well there's obviously feelings of frustration. feelings of uncertainty. feelings ever distress.
>> and what is your next plan now?
>> well i hope to be able to get back on the plane and go back to qatar in about a week or so. as you said, do i have family there. i am the sole breadwinner. and i have a livelihood to earn so i need to get back to work.
>> as of now still no indication from the government whether you'll be allowed to leave, no information on confirmation whether you're on the no fly list and no amount of official charges. thank you for joining us today.
>> thank you for having me.
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