Skip to comments.Paris airport bars Muslim staff
Posted on 11/01/2006 11:37:24 PM PST by MadIvan
More than 70 Muslim workers at France's main airport have been stripped of the security clearance for allegedly posing a risk to passengers, officials say.
The staff at Charles de Gaulle airport, including baggage handlers, are said to have visited terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
One man is thought to have been a friend of Richard Reid, the so-called British shoe bomber.
Richard Reid tried to blow up a flight from Paris to the US in 2001.
Earlier this year officials at Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, conducted a security review of staff and questioned dozens of Muslim workers.
More than 100 baggage handlers and aircraft cleaners had been under surveillance for months.
In all, 72 people were later told their passes allowing access to secure areas were being withdrawn.
Airport officials say some of the workers had frequently visited Pakistan and Afghanistan the previous year.
It is also believed another worker had been close to a senior figure in an Algerian terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda.
But some of the men who have lost their security clearance are suing airport authorities.
They claim they are being discriminated against because of their religion.
However, about a dozen other workers who have been identified as security risks still have access to sensitive areas of the airport because under French law they must be allowed an opportunity to respond to the charges before they are suspended.
Are you listening, BAA?
The suspensions are definitely discriminatory, as the French have no problem with PC BS, but it sounds like they have enough evidence to justify the suspensions. Also, this is not even a criminal case; they are, at most, losing their current jobs, which require security clearance.
For all of you cheese eating Franco-philes
please note the seriousness of the Muslim
problem in France.
It's troubling how this continuing crisis evades
They are being "discriminated against" because they are security threats. They are security threats because of their religion.
And Democrats are talking about how Patriot Act infringes civil rights...
baggage handler ping!
CDG sucks. A 10 hour layover there is like a sentence in Hell.
Tell the French Authorities to take a look at Columbus Airport, while they're about it. (CMH)
"They are being "discriminated against" because they are security threats. They are security threats because of their religion."
Yes, your religion and terrorist training camps want you to murder non Muslims, so YES any rational person SHOULD DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THAT RELIGION.
It sucks so badly that Darth Vader is evil, because he's just so damn cool. :-)
You know why Dianne Feinstein voted to extend the Patriot Act? She said that she and her staff could not find a single abuse, NOT ONE in four years. The aCLU couldn't even deliver her any fake accounts, they just said, we're not currently aware of any abuses. How many laws have passed without any of the opposition and fearmongering this law has weathered, and then been used by law enforcement to make people's lives Hell?
It's a start. Kick them out of the country too.
Wow! The Frogs got it right, this time.
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