A British Muslim family was crying religious discrimination when they were barred from a flight to Disneyland last week but there appears to have been good reason to stop them from coming.
One of the family members on the trip, Mohammad Tariq Mahmood, said his visa was revoked because Americans believe every Muslim poses a threat.
“It’s because of the attacks on America. They think every Muslim poses a threat,” he told British newspaper The Guardian.
It seems that is not the case, however, and U.S. authorities had good reason to revoke the family’s visas.
A Department of Homeland Security source told CBS News that Mahmood’s teenage son, Hamza Hussain, has a Facebook account that contains links to terrorist websites.
For his part Mahmood is blaming hackers and coincidences for the suspicious Facebook page.
“It is not my son’s Facebook page. It has a similar name, but not the same as my son’s,” he told iTV News.
“The page is also linked to our home address and that could be coincidence. I don’t know why it is linked there. The name is not even the same. The authorities must have linked it simply because of the name Hamza.”
The source also said that one of the brothers was stopped from entering Israel two years ago.
The account lists Hussain as “supervisor at Taliban and leader at al-Qaeda,” likely published as a joke but it was enough to raise alarms.
Another reason might be that his Mahmood’s brother Muhammad, 47, attends the same mosque as did the San Bernardino terrorists, according to what he told the Telegraph but added that is no reason to block his family from entering the U.S.
“They can get away with anything by saying national security … and you cannot even challenge that,” he told the Telegraph.
The Mahmood family is seeking reimbursement for the £11,000 they spent for the airplane tickets.
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