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    Default TSA fires pro-terrorism Arabic screener

    Here you go. This one tops my list for the day.
    Houston Rapper Fired As Baggage Screener



    By PAM EASTON
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    July 14, 2005, 8:59 PM EDT

    HOUSTON -- When Bassam Khalaf raps, he's the Arabic Assassin. His unreleased CD, "Terror Alert," includes rhymes about flying a plane into a building and descriptions of himself as a "crazy, suicidal Arabic ... equipped with bombs."

    Until last week, Khalaf also worked as a baggage screener at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

    "I've been screening your bags for the past six months, and you don't even know it," said Khalaf, who also said Thursday that he is not really a terrorist and that his rhymes are exaggerations meant to gain publicity.

    Andrea McCauley, a spokeswoman for the regional Transportation Security Administration office in Dallas, said the agency checks criminal records before hiring screeners, but it does not investigate what people do in their spare time.

    "We have eyes and ears in the workplace," McCauley said. "Once we discovered these Web sites, we fired him."

    An Internet search of Khalaf's name brings up Web sites that feature his obscene, violent and misogynistic raps that threaten to fly a plane into a building on Sept. 11, 2005.

    Khalaf, 21, was hired on Jan. 16 and fired July 7, according to a TSA termination letter that cited his "authorship of songs which applaud the efforts of the terrorists on September 11th, encourage and warn of future acts of terrorism by you, discuss at length and in grave and alarming detail various criminal acts you intend to commit, state your belief that the U.S. government should be overthrown, and finally warn that others will die on September 11, 2005."

    Khalaf, who was born in Houston and is of Palestinian descent, said working as a baggage screener was the best paying job he's ever had. He said he hoped to use any extra money he earned to produce his CD.

    "I kept my music and my job separate. I told a couple of people who I thought was cool with me at work that I rapped, but I never sat there and told them lyrics or anything," said Khalaf. "I guess somebody probably told them that I had a Web site."

    Khalaf said his terrorist-themed rhymes are more about marketing. He called his songs art and pointed to other rappers who have rhymed about terrorism. He specifically cites Eminem's song, "My Dad's Gone Crazy," which discusses blowing everything on the map up except Afghanistan and says: "There's no tower too high, no plane that I can't learn how to fly."

    "Controversy sells," Khalaf said. "It brings a lot of attention. Everybody wants to label all Arabics terrorists just because a couple of people messed up. Well, I'm going to play along with that character. I'm going to let you think I'm one."


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    WTF is wrong with todays younger generation ?
    I know i am only 28 but damn what is wrong with popping in a little rolling stones or something , they never had to sing about blowing things up to sell albums !!
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    Art is not rapping about terrorism. Let's get rid of both Eminem and this scumbag.

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    Originally posted by BFDNJFF
    WTF is wrong with todays younger generation ?
    I know i am only 28 but damn what is wrong with popping in a little rolling stones or something , they never had to sing about blowing things up to sell albums !!
    Ah, but you have to remember, moss grow fat on a Rolling Stone....I think that's how it goes. But I definitely agree, I'm 20 and I mainly listen to country and classic rock. Rap is just annoying....

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    Art is not rapping about terrorism. Let's get rid of both Eminem and this scumbag.
    Eminem is finishing his career as a rapper, he is becoming a music producer. So we have gotten rid of em both

    someone once told me that rap used to be an acronym for Rythem and Poetry when it started. It used to be nothing like what it is now. Dont know how true this is though. But if it is, you can be certain that it has taken a bad evoloutionary turn.
    "There are only two things that i know are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And im not so sure about the former."

    For all the life of me, i cant see a firefighter going to hell. At least not for very long. We would end up putting out all the fires and annoying the devil too much.

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    This isn't about rap!

    This is about a piece of garbage federal employee responsible for airline security who openly advocates terrorism against his employer. Screw him. Bet that this will become a major free speech case. The scumbags at the ACLU will jump on this.

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    I actually enjoy some of Eminems stuff. He's come a long way over the years from a punk kid to a semi responsible artist. I think you may see some interesting things out of him in the future, such as using his power to change some of the stupid rap vs rap wars etc.
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    Rap is crap imo. Country fan myself.


    I think it's "A rolling stone gathers no moss" btw close, but no cigar haha

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