Apparently, the FBI has decided that they should interview people seen in public with a pressure cooker. At a minimum, they have decided that if you are a Saudi with a pressure cooker, you deserve an interrogation.
What brings the FBI and the Saudi rice dish Kabsa together? The answer is: a pressure cooker.
Talal Al-Rouqi, a Saudi student in Michigan, claims he was questioned by the FBI after neighbours reported seeing him walking with a pressure cooker similar to those used in the recent Boston bombing. Speaking last week to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Rouqi said he was transporting the cooker filled with rice and meat to a friend’s apartment for dinner. The next day, he was reportedly interrogated by FBI officials.
“When they found nothing unusual, they cautioned me not to venture out again with the pressure cooker,” Al-Roqui said.
Oh, there is also this:
In what can only be described as a posthumous victory for raging asshole Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Williams-Sonoma, the (absolutely amazing) kitchen-stuff company, has pulled pressure cookers–which the Tsarnaevs built into bombs–from shelves in Massachusetts.
This type of response is crazy.
- FBI surrounds house of Saudi student following sightings of him with pressure cooker pot, only to find he was cooking rice (aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com)
- FBI interrogates Saudi student for being seen with a pressure cooker (vancouverobserver.com)
- Saudi man arrested with pressure cooker at Detroit airport (pix11.com)
- FBI Fighting the Last War Against Pressure Cookers Questions Saudi Student in Michigan Over His Rice Dish (reason.com)