Charges against three Arab men at heart of Port of Miami “Scare” dropped by Florida judge

“Once again, mark my words: Just as the November 20, 2006 removal of the six Muslim Imams from a US Air Flight became a watershed event and rallying cry for “Flying While Muslim,” this event will be the watershed event for “Driving While Arab.” The gradual erosion to our national security apparatus, for fear of being labeled as “Islamophobic,” racially and religiously intolerant in an increasingly litigious atmosphere, will be the ultimate and most unfortunate consequence.”–Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, Northeast Intelligence Network

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

9 January 2007: The events of Sunday, 7 January 2007 involving a cargo truck attempting entry into the Port of Miami without the proper paperwork and a bill of lading that allegedly did not match the contents of the cargo container is on the fast track to being the next “watershed event” for Arab Muslims: “Driving While Arab.” The initial reports of a 20 year-old Iraqi driver of a 45? cargo truck attempting entry into the Port of Miami at about 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning stated that the driver, Iraqi national Amar al HADAD lacked the proper documents when asked for them by a port security officer. Initial reports also stated that al HADAD appeared nervous and would not make eye contact during routine questioning. When asked for the cargo manifest, or bill of lading, al HADAD reportedly provided documents that were inconsistent with the cargo contents. Authorities initially reported that the driver’s manifest indicated al HADAD was carrying auto parts, but the cargo did not appear to be consistent with that description.

Further, authorities asked al HADAD if there was anyone else with him in the vehicle. Despite his assertion that he was alone in the truck, police officials found two other Middle Eastern nationals hiding in the truck’s cab. Those men have since been identified as Hussain al HADAD, 24, the brother of the driver and also an Iraqi national, and Hassan el SAYED, 20, from Lebanon. Initial reports from police officials at the Port of Miami also stated that there were two 55-gallon containers in the back of the truck they termed as “suspicious.” Based on those events, the three men were detained for questioning and the truck impounded for further inspection. Sunday morning, FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said the driver and the others were placed in custody after the cargo in his truck did not match what was declared on its manifest. Now, the entire event has been labeled a “misunderstanding” based on miscommunication, perhaps due to a “language barrier.” In fact, news of the event has evolved to the extent that the current “official” version of events has become virtually unrecognizable from the initial reports and statements made by law enforcement officials who were actually on the scene at the Port of Miami.

In brief: The Port of Miami “detainees:”

Amar al HADAD, a/k/a Abbas al-HADAD, Abbas Hussain al HADAD, 28, having an “official” date of birth of 1 January 1979, of Horger Street, Dearborn, Michigan.

CHARGES: Resisting an officer without violence and trespass
STATUS: Charges dismissedHussain al HADAD, 24, having various addresses in the greater Dearborn area

CHARGES: Resisting an officer without violence and trespass
STATUS: Charges dismissedHussain el SAYED, a/k/a Hassan el-SAYED, Cardwell Street, Garden City, Michigan

CHARGE: Simple trespassing
STATUS: Charges dismissed

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