Friday, January 15, 2010

8-Year-Old Michael Hicks Stuck on Terror Watch List - Sphere News

8-Year-Old Michael Hicks Stuck on Terror Watch List - Sphere News: "Eight-year-old Michael Hicks isn't your typical third-grader. He's a Cub Scout, a junior black belt and a big fan of BMX bikes. He is also a name on the Transportation Security Administration's 'selectee' watch list.

'Why do they think a kid is a terrorist?' Mikey's mother, Najlah Feanny Hicks, wondered in an interview with The New York Times.

Good question.

While suspected underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab breezed through security without incident on Christmas Day, Mikey, a bespectacled boy from Clifton, N.J., finds himself frisked each time he tries to board a plane -- simply because he shares the name of a suspected terrorist or criminal.

'A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don't catch him,' Hicks said. 'But my 8-year-old can't walk through security without being frisked.'"

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