I know there are readers here who will say this is the “price of freedom” or some such nonsense. But give me a break. The father-in-law of a Swede didn’t want him to travel, so he dropped a dime on him to the FBI, saying he had links to al Qaeda:
When the husband refused to stay home, his father-in-law wrote an email to the FBI saying the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda in Sweden and that he was travelling to the US to meet his contacts.
He provided information on the flight number and date of arrival in the US.
The son-in-law was arrested upon landing in Florida. He was placed in handcuffs, interrogated and placed in a cell for 11 hours before being put on a flight back to Europe, the paper said. (Agence France Presse via Yahoo, h/t Boingboing)
The Swedish authorities are a bit saner and are charging the father-in-law with aggravated libel. The father-in-law is one stupid sonofabitch, no question. But he has a plausible defense:
He has admitted sending the email, but said he didn’t think “the authorities were so stupid that they would believe anything. But apparently they are.”
He said he “couldn’t help the US authorities’ paranoid reaction”.
On second thought, maybe it’s not such a good defense. How could he think US authorities weren’t that stupid?