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Why I’m Banned in the USA – Tariq Ramadan February 16, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.
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The Bush administration hardly makes the effort to promote equality and tolerance irrelevant of what religion, colour, culture and country you come from (even if it is London).

Take for example Tariq Ramadan, who has been barred from entering the United States for number of year, so why is he barred because he has criticised the United States and their invasion of Iraq. If you don’t believe me hear it from his own words:

For more than two years now, the U.S. government has barred me from entering the United States to pursue an academic career. The reasons have changed over time, and have evolved from defamatory to absurd, but the effect has remained the same: I’ve been kept out.

First, I was told that I could not enter the country because I had endorsed terrorism and violated the USA Patriot Act. It took a lawsuit for the government eventually to abandon this baseless accusation. Later, I reapplied for a visa, twice, only to hear nothing for more than a year. Finally, just 10 days ago, after a federal judge forced the State Department to reconsider my application, U.S. authorities offered a new rationale for turning me away: Between 1998 and 2002, I had contributed small sums of money to a French charity supporting humanitarian work in the Palestinian territories.

In its letter, the U.S. Embassy claims that I “reasonably should have known” that the charities in question provided money to Hamas. But my donations were made between December 1998 and July 2002, and the United States did not blacklist the charities until 2003. How should I reasonably have known of their activities before the U.S. government itself knew? I donated to these organizations for the same reason that countless Europeans — and Americans, for that matter — donate to Palestinian causes: not to help fund terrorism, but because I wanted to provide humanitarian aid to people who desperately need it. Yet after two years of investigation, this was the only explanation offered for the denial of my visa. I still find it hard to believe. source

Tariq Ramadan is just one case out of millions who have experienced the same treatment from the United States, but the reason why this is not a problem at the moment is because the bias media of the western world have ignored such issues and problems intentionally.

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