Pir Khan on his false terrorism arrest: ‘Anybody can make a mistake’

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, March 21, 2011 9:14 EDT
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Pir Khan, a Pakistani immigrant with a pending application for political asylum, spent 76 days in solitary confinement (and now faces deportation) because a nephew who once lived with him used the same informal system to send money home to Pakistan as was used by the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

Khan says now that he holds no grudges despite his prison stay — which destroyed his credit, took his apartment and his taxi and caused his wife to received death threats — because “anybody can make a mistake.” The lawsuits and settlements paid out by the U.S. government to other immigrants falsely accused of crimes indicate that others are less forgiving.

James Carafano of the conservative Heritage Foundation makes an appearance to inform viewers that, “Looking for terrorists isn’t like looking for a needle in a haystack, it’s like looking for a needle in a needlestack.”

Watch the video, first aired by the Associated Press on March 21, 2011, below:

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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