McLEAN, Va. — An Oregon man who traveled by train and boat from the West Coast to England because of his apparent placement on the no-fly list has been detained in Great Britain.
Michael Migliore, a 23-year-old Muslim convert, tried unsuccessfully for months to fly to Italy, where he planned to live with his mother.
Migliore says he was told he is on the no-fly list, though U.S. officials refuse to confirm it. He believes he’s on the list because he refused to cooperate with FBI agents who wanted to question him after an acquaintance was charged in a plot to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.
In Camp Pendleton, CA, Ms. Denise Hazime, a Muslim woman, and her husband, a Marine veteran, opened an Arabic food stand on the largest Marine base on the US West Coast. The business has particularly attracted Marines returning from Iraq and the Persian Gulf.
Unease with Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to Islam has led a US Muslim group to decline to join an inter-faith event with the pope later this week. Salam al-Marayati, executive director of the Los Angels based Muslim Public Affairs Council, said that the event seemed “more ceremonial than substantive” and his organization would not participate. He said he was disappointed that no time was made for even a brief private meeting with U.S. Muslim leaders during the pope’s six-day visit. Several other U.S. Muslim leaders expressed similar concerns, but pledged to participate in the Washington gathering. “Our going there is more out of respect for the Catholic Church itself,” said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America – “Popes come and go, but the church is there.” Siddiqi, who is co-chairman of the West Coast Muslim-Catholic Dialogue, is among the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu leaders scheduled to meet with pope Benedict on Thursday at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.