Imran Khan Detained by US Govt Because of Anti-Drone Stance
Not sure if this made the news over here, but good old Imran Khan (those who came in late might not remember him as an amazing Pakistani cricket player) - who is now a politician of some note in Pakinstan - was detained by US Customs allegedly because of his stance on drone attacks. From The Guardian:
On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was "interrogated on [his] views on drones" and then added: "My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop." He then defiantly noted: "Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance."
What do they expect, he's going to walk out and in front of the cameras and microphones state "In light of my 2 hour meeting with the Department of Defence, Department of Immigration, and Quarantine inspectors, I have realised that my stance on United States politics is unfounded, poorly judged and foolish. I now realise that drone attacks save the lives of many United States citizens, and the deaths of some Pakistanis, while unfortunate, is necessary in the fight for both American and world prosperity.".
About as likely as Romney turning his allegiance to the Church of Scientology.
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