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July 15, 2005
'Arabic Assassin' Rapper Worked In Airport Security

The AP reports that a Muslim baggage screener for the Transportation Security Agency moonlighted as a rapper, calling himself the 'Arabic Assassin' and writing lyrics about killing people and blowing up buildings. The TSA fired Bassam Khalaf despite his assertion that he only used that identity as a publicity generator:

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. ...

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.

So Khalaf will put the money he received from the US government into his new music project -- which celebrates the enemies of the US and calls for the destruction of American cities and the deaths of American citizens. This project is called "Terror Alert" and has a picture of an urban skyline as its cover. But don't worry, Khalaf says, because it's really all just a put-on to make himself famous.

What a fatuous fathead. (via Jihad Watch)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 15, 2005 6:22 AM

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