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Bilal Mahmud Case Headed To Federal Court

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Attorneys for Bilal Mahmud are preparing to file a civil rights suit in

federal court. Although Bilal Mahmud and his attorneys received word from

the Department of Transportation yesterday, the DOT still has not provided

any reason for revoking Mahmud's Hazardous Materials endorsement on his

Commercial Drivers License (CDL) permit. Surprisingly to Mahmud and his

attorneys, the Department of Homeland Security has handed the matter over to

the Department of Transportation.

 

Bilal Mahmud is an African American Vietnam veteran who has never had a

violation, has never been convicted of a crime, is considered a pillar of

his community and has worked for the same company for twenty years.

 

However, in the summer of 2004, Mahmud was officially deemed "a threat to

national security," and was subsequently commanded by the Transportation

Security Administration (TSA) to relinquish his CDL, bearing the hazardous

materials endorsement, which he had successfully held for more than 20

years.

 

"It's rather strange," says Mahmud. "When I was young and served my country,

I had national security clearance because I was in reconnaissance.

 

"And now that I've served my country, and I'm old, I'm considered a threat

by my government - what an irony."

 

If you would like to assist MAS Freedom Foundation in this case, please

contact us at: (202) 496-1288.

 

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The Freedom Foundation is the public affairs arm of the Muslim American

Society (MAS), a national grassroots religious, social, and educational

organization. MAS is America's largest grassroots Muslim organization with

over 50 chapters nationwide. Learn more at masnet.com.

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MAS Freedom Foundation

1050 17th Street NW #600

Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 496-1288

Fax: (202) 463-0686

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