FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking rice

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This was reported on a number of sites, but here is information from one article:

A Saudi student living in Michigan was questioned in his home by FBI agents after neighbours saw him carrying a pressure cooker and called the police.

Talal al Rouki had been cooking a traditional Saudi Arabian rice dish called kabsah and was carrying it to a friend’s house.

According to reports in a Saudi newspaper on Friday, the FBI are increasingly vigilant about ‘pressure cooker’ home-made bombs after the Boston bombers used one to make an explosive.

The Saudi journal, Oukaz reported on the story of the Saudi student who had FBI agents come to his home, following a tip-off from neighbours that he was seen moving about with a pressure cooker bomb.

While armed agents surrounded his apartment block, other agents, asked a ‘nervous’ Mr al Rouki if they could come in to question him.

‘They asked me about my major, when I arrived in the US and what I do in my spare time’ he told the Saudi newspaper.

Officers said that two days earlier that a woman had seen him walking out of his apartment carrying the pressure cooker pot, which was described as ‘bullet coloured’.

The young student showed them his pressure cooker and explained to them he used to make a rice dish.

An FBI agent said: ‘You need to be more careful moving around with such things, Sir’

Mr al Rouki has become a focus of attention now in the Saudi press.

According to reports in a Saudi newspaper, the FBI are increasingly vigilant about ‘pressure cooker’ home-made bombs and have a keen eye on Arabs who reside in the US.

So I suppose for all of us who’ve been painstakingly attempting to explain white privilege, it turns out it’s the ability to cook rice with a rice cooker, and end up with nothing more than some cooked rice. But if you’re brown, you get surrounded by the FBI, who will warn you, in the name of security, and with a straight face, “to be more careful moving around with such things”, or referring to a normal-looking steel pot as “bullet coloured” when it’s in the hands of a brown person.

This is racism, baby, and it’s ugly, frightening, and degrading.

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