3 Men Cleared In Port Scare 'Treated Like Animals'

January 9, 2007

Source: local10.com


MIAMI -- Three Middle Eastern men who were arrested and later had charges against them dropped over a brief terrorism scare at the Port of Miami on Sunday said they were unfairly targeted because of their ethnicity and creed.

Amar Al-Hadad said he was "humiliated, disrespected (and) treated real badly just because my name is an Arabic name and I'm a Muslim."

The Iraqi-born Al-Hadad cried during the Monday news conference in which he described the way he, his brother, Hussain Al Hadad, and friend, Hassan El Sayed, were treated.

"We were treated like animals," El Sayed said.

Officials initially said the men, all permanent U.S. residents, had been caught trying to slip past a checkpoint at the port's entrance.

The truck's contents -- electrical automotive parts in a 40-foot container -- matched the driver's cargo manifest, said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Nancy Goldberg.