Taking a page out of Hamas-CAIR's warfare playbook, a British Muslim airline pilot, arrested over an alleged terrorist plot, is claiming racial and religious discrimination after losing his job.
Jihadists caught redhanded? Cry racism even if Islam is not a race and jihad is a crime against humanity.
Pilot with terror links deemed a security risk accuses airline of racism after losing his job Daily Mail hat tip Jack
- Airline pilot was arrested because of close links with alleged extremists
- Told by his well-know British employers it was in 'national interest' he never flew an airliner again
Restrictions: The Mail on Sunday is challenging the decision made by the courts that the pilot with terror links cannot be identified
A British airline pilot arrested over an alleged terrorist plot is claiming racial and religious discrimination after losing his job.
The pilot, a Muslim, was judged a security risk because of his close links to two alleged extremists suspected of ‘planning to use an aircraft as part of a hostile or terrorist act’.
Because of draconian reporting restrictions imposed last week by an employment tribunal, the man cannot be identified and neither can his employer.
Despite this, a well-known British carrier said in a letter that the pilot was ‘in a position to cause considerable harm’ and added that it was in the ‘national interest’ to ensure he never flew commercial aircraft again.
Concerns about the two suspected extremists – one is a business partner of the pilot’s brother – were first raised when they paid for flying lessons and a light aircraft in cash.
During a raid on the London home of one of the pair, detectives found documents relating to the operation of aircraft, a flight map of the UK and literature from an Islamic extremist group banned in many countries.
The pilot, who lives in South-East England and was based at Heathrow, has known the men for ten years and rented a flat from one of them.
In October 2007 the pilot himself was arrested – and immediately suspended by the airline – but was never charged.
Both his landlord and the other man were prosecuted under the Terrorism Act. Charges against one of the men were later dropped and the other was cleared by a jury.
It was at this point that the airline began an internal investigation into the pilot’s conduct, having been passed information about him by Scotland Yard’s SO15 anti-terrorism command at the time of his arrest.
The investigation heard claims, denied by the pilot, that he had suggested the September 11 attacks were ‘comparable to the United States’ wars in Afghanistan and Iraq’.
On another occasion, while returning to the UK, it was alleged he had read a book on the flight deck which, he explained to the colleague who was captaining the plane, put a ‘different perspective on 9/11’.
Scene: The pilot's discrimination case was heard at the tribunal building in Havant, Hampshire
The pilot claims the internal investigation found no evidence, however, that he made comments implying support for terrorist acts.
Neither, he says, did it find evidence that he passed documents on operating aircraft to the two terror suspects or was involved with, or supported, Islamic extremists.
But because of his close links with the two men – and ‘secret evidence’ the airline received from other sources – serious doubts were raised about his suitability to operate aircraft and he eventually lost his job in October 2010.