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Air Force vet should NOT be on the no-fly list! Allow Saadiq Long to visit his sick mom for the holidays
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Air Force vet should NOT be on the no-fly list! Allow Saadiq Long to visit his sick mom for the holidays

    1. A.L. Anderson
    2. Petition by

      A.L. Anderson

      Oklahoma City, United States

November 2012


On Monday, my brother Saadiq Long went to the airport to catch his flight home to Oklahoma -- and because of your help, the airport officials let him board the plane! When I found out that my brother was on the U.S. government's no-fly list with no explanation, I started a petition on Change.org requesting that the FBI and Homeland Security let him come home. Within days, over 7,000 people -- including you -- had signed in support, and Saadiq was able to fly home to share Thanksgiving with his family. Saadiq called me as soon as he got through U.S. customs to break the news. I almost couldn't believe that, after months of trying to get off the no-fly list, my brother was finally coming home. I would like to thank the Council on American-Islamic Relations for its diligence and support every step of the way. And this Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for family, and people like you who helped bring my brother home. -A.L. Anderson

My brother, Saadiq, grew up with our family here in Oklahoma.

He served 10 years in the Air Force working to defend the American dream.

He spent some time overseas working various jobs, and then recently as he was about to come home for a visit, something mysterious happened -- my brother was not allowed on his flight and was told that he's on the No Fly List.

Saadiq tried to come home twice so far, but as recently as November 8, he was told by agents in Qatar, where he is currently, that he is not welcome in the United States.

My mother is sick. She has congestive heart failure. She can't fly to see her son, and I'm worried that they won't ever be able to see each other again.

I appreciate the safety measures the FBI and Homeland Security are taking to protect Americans like us, but it's frustrating and deeply upsetting to know my brother is on the No Fly List but to not hear back anything else from the government about why or how we can help resolve what I can only assume is a huge misunderstanding.

My brother is an American hero who served in the Air Force. He has no criminal record. My mother is ill. My family has suffered enough embarrassment from this No Fly List mix-up, and I appreciate everyone's support in please asking the FBI and Homeland Security to grant my brother the respect he deserves.

Please sign to stand with us in asking that Saadiq Long be removed from the No Fly List so he can come home to be with his family for the holidays.

Department of Homeland Security
Remove Saadiq Long from the No Fly List
Saadiq Long is an American hero who served in the Air Force. While we respect the government's interest in national security, we can't trade that for the freedom of individuals like Saadiq. He has no criminal record and just wants to be able to visit his family in Oklahoma. Please take him off the no-fly list so he can be with his loved ones.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Special message from Saadiq

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      To all the wonderful people who supported me,

      My family and I want to thank you all for the great support you gave me by signing the petition to strengthen my case and for sharing it with your family and friends. I think God used you all as the means to put pressure on the responsible entity and He crowned your efforts with great success and brought me home to be with my ill mother.

      Again, thank you so much. I sincerely appreciate all that you did for me.

      May the Guidance of Allah be with each and everyone of you who aided me, and may He better for you all of your affairs, too, as He did for me.


    2. Saadiq long allowed to fly.

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      Saadiq Long was allowed to board a flight and come to the US. You can watch the video at http://newsok.com/american-muslim-allowed-boarding-passes-on-third-attempt-to-fly-to-oklahoma/article/3729998#ixzz2Cg6ThPTk

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. OK man's quest to return from Middle East gets online petition support

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      Here's a new article from The Oklahoman.

      Oklahoma man's quest to return from Middle East gets online petition support

      Saddiq Long, a McAlester native, has been teaching English in the Middle East since 2000. The U.S. Air Force veteran's attempts to board a plane to America have been thwarted twice since April, but he said no one has told him why. Long is seeking to return to McAlester to see his terminally ill mother, who lives there.

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. Here's a quick news story featuring Saadiq.

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      Video: U.S. Muslim Vet Again Barred From Flight to Visit Sick Mother in Oklahoma (CAIR)

      (OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 11/8/12) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today said that a Muslim citizen and military veteran who is currently stranded overseas apparently because he has been placed on the government's no-fly list was again barred from a flight to return to Oklahoma to visit his terminally-ill mother.

    7. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ralph Reese SOUTH DENNIS, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was harassed by the FBI many years ago after my ex wife made a trip to Cuba. They went around telling all of my employers that I was a drug addict and a communist.

    • C. Tyler Storm SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a veteran myself, I can't imagine the slap in the face that would be! This man deserves answers, and quickly! Don't let his mother die before you act. Downright despicable FBI...

    • Edwin Hiley ATHENS, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's all in the name, isn't it? And living in Qatar? Must be a terrorist! Preposterous possibility.

    • Miriam Giskin NORTH HAVEN, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      A citizen has the right to know why they are on the list, authorities should be required to investigate and verify the accuracy of the list otherwise any of us could be next.

    • Stefan Kuntner DORNACH/SWITZERLAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Remove him from the no-fly list or let him know why he is on this list.


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