OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A U.S. Air Force veteran says he's been harassed by local and federal law enforcement officers since finally being allowed to visit his mother in his native Oklahoma after twice being prevented from boarding flights from Qatar, where he lives.
Saadiq Long, a U.S. Air Force veteran who converted to Islam, said that since returning to Oklahoma on Nov. 19, FBI agents have staked out his mother's house in McAlester, tried to speak to him there and followed him around when he was out.
"They would follow me everywhere I went, very closely," Long, 43, told The Associated Press. "They harassed us throughout the whole (Thanksgiving) break."
Long said an FBI agent in an unmarked vehicle also attempted to stop his sister's vehicle on Nov. 23 by flashing his lights at her car, while Long said he was hiding in the back seat. Long said his sister drove to a police station in McAlester, where McAlester police ordered the two from the vehicle at gunpoint and handcuffed them before they were approached by an FBI agent and eventually released.
"As soon as she got out of the car, that's when we heard the screeching noise of the police vehicles and the yelling out: `Put your hands up,"' Long said. "We were shocked. They gave her instructions to turn around, get out of the car slowly, keep your hands up, back toward us, lift your shirt up to see if she had a weapon.