Oklahoma native returns to Middle East

McAlester native Saadiq Long, who appeared to be on the U.S. government's “no-fly list,” returned to his home in Qatar by way of bus and flights on foreign airways.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: March 9, 2013
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Friday, Long and Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma City, said the thwarted attempts on the in- and outbound trips were frustrating.

“We are very happy that he made it home, but we are disappointed that the U.S. government didn't allow him to fly and didn't provide him with a reason,” Soltani said. “A citizen should not have to do extraordinary things to travel.”

Soltani said a CAIR attorney had recommended Long try to return to the Middle East without flying into U.S. air space.

Long said he is still puzzled that the government allowed him to fly into the United States but not out.

When asked if he would ever attempt to return to America, the Air Force vet said he would if another family situation such as illness arose.

“I would do it again. It's part of my faith to be there for my parents and for my family,” Long said.

“My family said they were more worried for my safety in the United States than they ever were the whole time I was here,” he said, referring to his Middle East home. “They were that concerned for my safety. They were saying ‘Don't come back — we'll visit you.'”



We are very happy that he made it home but we are disappointed that the U.S. government didn't allow him to fly and didn't provide him with a reason. A citizen should not have to do extraordinary things to travel.”

Adam Soltani,
Executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma City

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