He cannot legally fly on a commercial aircraft because the Department of Homeland Security says he’s a terror threat, but now a Minnesota man has just been given his Class A commercial driver’s license. That means he can get behind the wheel of a cargo-hauling big rig — he might even be allowed to drive a school bus full of kids.
His name is Amir Meshal, long known to law enforcement investigators for allegedly trying to radicalize young Muslims who would be invited to travel to Syria for training in terrorist camps. Fox 9 in St. Paul, Minn., reports that Meshal, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent, was arrested by the FBI in Kenya in 2007, “suspected of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia.”
The ACLU has been representing Meshal in his efforts to get his name removed from the No Fly List. When questioned about Meshal being able to obtain a commercial driver’s license — and using taxpayer money to acquire it — an ACLU spokesperson provided a statement to Fox 9, which read in part:
Mr. Meshal has never been charged with a crime and has sued the government to obtain a fair process to challenge his wrongful inclusion on the No Fly List. Like many other unemployed Americans, he’s trying to obtain credentials for a job so he can build a life for his family, including a baby. Any suggestion that Mr. Meshal’s efforts to get a job somehow present a concern is shameful.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox 9 investigative report out of Minnesota that reveals how the terror suspect is now legally able to drive a semi-truck–even though he cannot fly on a passenger plane.
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