Three Muslim Medical Students Detained and Released

September 13, 2002

Source: CNN

On September 13, 2002, CNN reported that Ayman Gheith, Kambiz Butt and Omer Choudhary "were all medical students heading to a nine-week course in Miami, and that's what they were talking about at a Shoney's restaurant in Calhoun, Georgia... Gheith said... Eunice Stone said she overheard the three Muslim men at [the] Shoney's restaurant Thursday morning making suspicious comments... She called authorities... Authorities took the woman's account extremely seriously. They shut down a 20-mile stretch of [highway]... for most of the day, bomb squad units searched the men's two cars and federal authorities interrogated all three men extensively... In the end, authorities said there was no threat, the cars were cleared, Interstate 75 reopened and the men were released."