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The US Has Already Smashed Its Record for Firearms Found At Airports This Year

The United States has a new record already on the books for 2015, one that should pique the interest of those concerned with air-travel security and the proliferation of Americans carrying concealed guns. As of December 10, a total of 2,471 firearms had been found in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints, according to weekly data published… Read More

American Photojournalist Interrogated For 10 Hours In Miami Airport Because He Was Of Arab Descent

Like many photojournalists, Paris-born American, Kim Badawi travels around the globe to capture moments of current events.

Upon entering Miami International Airport to travel to see family for the holidays, he did not realize that his career endeavors would land him in a 10-hour interrogation with U.S. officials.

In consecutive tweets, Badawi publically reported that he was subjected to “psychological torture” as well as “unfounded accusations.”

Though he holds a blue passport, he endured hours of questioning about his nationality, personal political stances on the Syrian refugee crisis, and potential links to any terrorists involved in the recent Paris attacks.

Once the U.S. officials detained Badawi, they confiscated his phone without allowing him to contact his partner who was frantically waiting for him to continue their connecting flight.

The U.S. officials examined every contact, email, and WhatsApp message on his phone. He claims that he was forced to explain and justify conversations and threads dating back ten years ago, particularly those having any mention of the Middle East.

During the intense interrogation session, he reported that two screens were placed in the corners of the room, blasting special reports on Muslims in France, Terrorism, and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

Badawi stated to BuzzFeed News that he answered all questions diplomatically and was a “transparent person.”

This was referring to his belief that all information given to the officials could have been easily substantiated through a Google search of his name.

During the interrogation, Badawi’s partner inquired about his location and the evolving situation.

One official, allegedly, went as far as to claim that Badawi had never been on the flight with her prior to their arrival at the Miami airport.

After producing documentation of his boarding pass, the official reportedly expressed that Badawi’s partner did not know who Badawi was and that he was involved in “terrible things.”

Badawi is currently working on a Syrian refugee photography project that highlights the experience of refugees.

He began his photojournalism career by shooting migrant families from Mississippi to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.

According to the French-American Foundation, Badawi’s skilled photography led him around the globe to also document the Arab Spring.

Rise News reached out to Badawi and will update this story when we hear back. 

Cover Photo Credit:Kim Badawi/ Facebook (Screengrab)

H/T: Miami New Times

TSA Failed To Stop A Man From Getting On A Plane With Loaded Gun

A man was able to get on a flight from Atlanta to Chicago with a loaded semi-automatic handgun without being detected by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

According to Blake Alford, the man who accidentally brought the gun on the flight, the incident took place on November 5th- less than a week after a Russian flight was was reportedly bombed out of the sky by ISIS.

“How could the TSA not have spotted it?” Alford, 67, told the Daily Mail Online. “Especially as it was just a few days after the Russian plane blew up.”

Alford told the Daily Mail that he didn’t realize that he had taken his gun- a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol on the flight until he pulled it out of his backpack after arriving at this destination.

“If we find that standard procedures were not adhered to, we will retrain employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures. When our employees fail to meet standards, we hold them appropriately accountable,” the TSA said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

The incident is sure to raise eyebrows across the security community, especially in light of the events of the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.

WATCH: Man brings loaded gun on flight and TSA didn’t know. 

H/T: WFLA

Cover Photo Credit: David Rosen/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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