The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has accused the U.S. Government of putting a 7-month-old-infant on a terror watch list, which resulted in the baby’s nappies and travel bag getting searched at an airport, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The baby, now 4 years old, was labelled as a known or suspected terrorist by the FBI on a federal watch list intended to screen potential terrorists, according to the paper. The child is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed this week claiming that American Muslims have been unfairly targeted.
“He was 7 months old when his boarding pass was first stamped with the ‘SSSS’ designation, indicating that he had been designated as a ‘known or suspected terrorist,’” the lawsuit reads. “While passing through airport security, he was subjected to extensive searches, pat-downs and chemical testing. Every item in his mother’s baby bag was searched, including every one of his diapers.”
The “SSSS” on boarding passes alerts security personnel of a suspected terrorist.
Another plaintiff in the case, Anas Elhady, 22, claims he is “is routinely referred to secondary inspection, handcuffed and detained by CBP [Customs and Border Protection] at land border crossings when he attempts to re-enter the United States from Canada.”
Last year, while trying to return to Detroit from vacation in Canada, Elhady claims he was thrown into a “small, freezing cold holding cell with bright lights” without his jacket and shoes, according to the lawsuit.”
He is routinely selected for “prolonged detention and questioning for approximately four to twelve hours each time. Moreover, he is routinely asked questions about his religious beliefs and practices, what sect of Islam he belongs to, what mosque he prays in, among other things.”
As a result of his detention in the cold cell last year, Elhady fell unconscious and had to be taken to a hospital after he began “shaking uncontrollably,” according to the Free Press.
A spokesman for the FBI told the paper he couldn’t’ comment on pending litigation or on who is on the list. But the agency defended the list on its website and said people are not targeted solely because of their religion.
“Generally, individuals are included in the Terrorist Screening Database wh