India complains after emissary gets pat down in US

Dec 9, 2010 Full story: WDAM-TV Hattiesburg 13

India's foreign minister said Thursday it was unacceptable that the country's ambassador to the United States was patted down by a security agent at a Mississippi airport, and said he would complain to Washington.

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#1 Dec 9, 2010
Oh golly gee, what a terrible ordeal. Gone are the days of preferential treatment.

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#2 Dec 10, 2010
lilya wrote:
Oh golly gee, what a terrible ordeal. Gone are the days of preferential treatment.
India’s Envoy Miss Shankar Frisked At US Airport On Terror Suspicion
Dec 10th, 2010
* Pulled from an airport line and patted down; second Indian official to face stringent US checks after ex-India president
* Indian minister Krishna covered up on the story for five days to avoid issuing a statement critical of US
The humiliation faced by India’s ambassador at a US airport is linked to recent events when Indian citizens linked to the Indian government were found engaged in suspicious activities related to terrorism and nuclear espionage, including on US soil.
WASHINGTON, DC—Reports are emerging of an ugly incident involving India’s ambassador to Washington Miss Meera Shankar last week.
Ambassador Shankar was at the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Mississippi, returning to Washington after a local university event.
According to one report, she was about to board a flight when airport security pulled her away from a line to a room where a female officer patted her down. US airport officials brushed aside Indian demands she be exempted from this treatment because she is an ambassador.
“This is unacceptable to India and we are going to take it up with the US government and I hope things could be resolved so that such unpleasant incidents do not recur,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters in Delhi.
Interestingly, the incident took place on 4 December but Minister Krishna and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs kept it under wraps for fear of damaging US-India relations. Krishna was forced to issue a comment today after the story leaked.
She has become the second senior Indian official to be frisked at an airport security line and checked on suspicions related to terrorism or nuclear espionage. In July 2009, former Indian president APJA Kalam was forced to take off his shoes and submit to US checks before boarding a flight to the United States.

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#3 Dec 10, 2010
‘Suspicious Indians’
US homeland security officials have been concerned at a pattern over the past decade where private or government-employed Indian citizens have been stopped at US airports for indulging in terrorism-related activities, nuclear espionage or export of sensitive technology.
In August, Vijay Kumar, an Indian who introduced himself as a filmmaker, was stopped at a Houston airport and jailed for five days because agents found him hiding a gun and carrying Muslim jihadi material. When asked why an Indian Hindu would be carrying Muslim literature and a gun, the Indian failed to give a reasonable answer. He said he made films on what he called ‘Islamic terrorism’ and was invited by an extremist Hindu organization to deliver a lecture.
Hindu activists have recently been indicted in India for involvement in terror incidents designed to create backlash against Muslim populations or create misunderstandings between US and Pakistan.
‘Nuclear Espionage’
US officials have also been concerned about Indian diplomats involved in nuclear espionage in the United States. While no major incidents have surfaced as in the case of Washington’s other ally, Israel, Indian diplomats have been found in the past facilitating front companies in the export of sensitive technology to India.
According to US security experts, Indian diplomats are under observation despite the cozy ties between Washington and New Delhi.
Two Indian companies, Sabero Organics Chemical and the Sandhya Organics Chemical, were sanctioned by the Bush administration in 2005 for involvement in nuclear technology export to Iran.
Two senior Indian nuclear scientists, YSR Prasad and C. Surender, the former heads of the state-run Nuclear Corporation of India, were also blacklisted by the US government for similar reasons.
These issues are a matter of concern for US officials but are intentionally kept low in US government’s overt and covert public diplomacy and media outreach efforts, which are more focused on countries such as Russia, China and Pakistan.
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#4 Dec 10, 2010
MOMIN ANSARI wrote:
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India’s Envoy Miss Shankar Frisked At US Airport On Terror Suspicion
Dec 10th, 2010
* Pulled from an airport line and patted down; second Indian official to face stringent US checks after ex-India president
* Indian minister Krishna covered up on the story for five days to avoid issuing a statement critical of US
The humiliation faced by India’s ambassador at a US airport is linked to recent events when Indian citizens linked to the Indian government were found engaged in suspicious activities related to terrorism and nuclear espionage, including on US soil.
WASHINGTON, DC—Reports are emerging of an ugly incident involving India’s ambassador to Washington Miss Meera Shankar last week.
Ambassador Shankar was at the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Mississippi, returning to Washington after a local university event.
According to one report, she was about to board a flight when airport security pulled her away from a line to a room where a female officer patted her down. US airport officials brushed aside Indian demands she be exempted from this treatment because she is an ambassador.
“This is unacceptable to India and we are going to take it up with the US government and I hope things could be resolved so that such unpleasant incidents do not recur,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters in Delhi.
Interestingly, the incident took place on 4 December but Minister Krishna and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs kept it under wraps for fear of damaging US-India relations. Krishna was forced to issue a comment today after the story leaked.
She has become the second senior Indian official to be frisked at an airport security line and checked on suspicions related to terrorism or nuclear espionage. In July 2009, former Indian president APJA Kalam was forced to take off his shoes and submit to US checks before boarding a flight to the United States.
Great. They are no different than Americans who endure the same procedures. It is a shame that Americans don't boycott air flights. Read the link below and tell me how secure and intelligent aviation is in America.

FAA loses track of 119,000 aircraft
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/A...
Hindu kalia

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#5 Dec 10, 2010
Hindu jaha bi jata jhootay hi khata

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#6 Dec 10, 2010
US senator calls for hearings on plane registry

(AP)– 23 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP)— The chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing aviation said Friday he would recommend holding congressional hearings on aircraft registration after The Associated Press reported the Federal Aviation Administration was missing data on one-third of U.S. planes.

"We need to find out why, and how it can be brought back to have a registry that has credibility," said North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat.

The FAA says as many as 119,000 of the 357,000 U.S.-registered aircraft have "questionable registration" due to missing paperwork, invalid addresses and other paperwork problems.

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Robert

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#7 Dec 11, 2010
Here is another serious matter that has not received much media attention;



http://ebiblefellowship.com/may21/index.html

May God bless and have mercy on us.

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#8 Dec 12, 2010
Mr Robert do u really bekleive that

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#9 Dec 12, 2010
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Mr Robert do u really bekleive that
Humans will destroy themselves. Diversity of thoughts and actions will be our downfall. We have never been a civilized species but a warring one and Earth would benefit from our demise. There are many wonderful, caring, loving people in the world but there fate will be determined by the evil that controls our destiny. Sad.
Clark

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#10 Dec 13, 2010
One after another this time now ... and the Jack pot Goes too

US''pat-down' continues; insults Indian UN envoy

New Delhi, Dec 13: Just four days after Indian ambassador to United States, Meera Shankar, underwent for a 'pat-down' search, media reported that another Indian diplomat faced the same experience in United States airport.

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hardeep Puri, was asked to remove his turban during a security check in Houston Airport. Despite of his diplomatic status, officials continued the search.

When Puri protested against this, he was made to wait for over half-an-hour in a 'holding room'.

This incident happened around a couple weeks ago, but popped up after India raised strong concerns over the pat-down search of Meera Kumar.

Meera Shankar was subjected to a pat-down on Dec 9 when she was leaving from Jackson-Evers International Airport after attending a function in Mississippi State University. Despite of her diplomatic status, she was pulled up for apparently wearing a sari.

13 Dec 2010

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#11 Dec 13, 2010
Clark wrote:
One after another this time now ... and the Jack pot Goes too
US''pat-down' continues; insults Indian UN envoy
New Delhi, Dec 13: Just four days after Indian ambassador to United States, Meera Shankar, underwent for a 'pat-down' search, media reported that another Indian diplomat faced the same experience in United States airport.
India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hardeep Puri, was asked to remove his turban during a security check in Houston Airport. Despite of his diplomatic status, officials continued the search.
When Puri protested against this, he was made to wait for over half-an-hour in a 'holding room'.
This incident happened around a couple weeks ago, but popped up after India raised strong concerns over the pat-down search of Meera Kumar.
Meera Shankar was subjected to a pat-down on Dec 9 when she was leaving from Jackson-Evers International Airport after attending a function in Mississippi State University. Despite of her diplomatic status, she was pulled up for apparently wearing a sari.
13 Dec 2010
http://news.oneindia.in/2010/12/13/indian-un-...
If in India I am sure Meera Shankar would enjoy those pat downs. Maybe Americans just don't have that loving feeling. ;)
Clark

Karachi, Pakistan

#12 Dec 13, 2010
How abt Mr Obama if he do it on National television than i am sure no one in world would argue this ...

SO Send ur TSA Officials with Live TV and PAT DOWN OBAMA ---- NAKED and than BODY SCANNER ..lets see than the World Reaction

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#13 Aug 11, 2012
Woow MAssage the tits while patting ...

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