Detroit Airport Screener Accused of Lying

22 July 2004: A Dearborn man was in federal court Thursday, accused of lying when he applied for his job as a TSA screener at Detroit Metro Airport. 25-year-old Sadeq Ahmed spoke to reporters as he walked out of the Detroit Federal Courthouse Thursday afternoon, released on bond.

Back in October of 2002, Ahmed allegedly said he had never had his security clearance suspended, when in fact he had. His security clearance and access to classified information was suspended in 2001, while he was in the Air Force serving at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

“I have no idea what the charges are,” he said, ” but as soon as we talk to my lawyer, we’ll figure it out. ”

Ahmed is also accused of saying he never left a job under unfavorable conditions, when in fact he was discharged from the Air Force because he allegedly made statements that he supports Osama Bin Laden, that the U.S. deserved the 9/11 attacks, and that U.S. aircraft flying over Iraq should crash.

Ahmed denies it all.

“No way,” he stressed. “People take things out of context. That’s not the right information. Thank you.”

If convicted, Ahmed could spend up to five years in prison. In the face of the charges, his family stands by him.

“I know he does not support Bin Laden, he doesn’t support those planes crashing and everything. He supports the American flag, like how he was in the Air Force,” brother Toufeq said. “He supported America.”