E-mail gets Ex-Marine on No-Fly List

E-mail on Marriage gets Ex-Marine on No-Fly List

Abe Mashal, a 31-year-old dog trainer from St. Charles, says FBI agents told him he ended up on the government’s no-fly list because he exchanged e-mails with a Muslim cleric they were monitoring.

The topic: How to raise his children in an interfaith household.

Mashal said he has never had any links to terror or terrorists and is a “patriotic,” honorably discharged Marine Corps veteran.

He found out he’d been flagged last April, when he tried to board a flight to Spokane, Wash., to train dogs for a client. Since then, his family members and friends have been questioned, and he said he has lost business because he isn’t allowed to fly.

Mashal is one of 17 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union over the list.

FBI agents questioned him at Midway Airport, then at his home. Finally, he was summoned to a hotel in Schaumburg, where more FBI agents told him he’d been placed on the no-fly list because of an e-mail he had sent to an imam — a Muslim cleric — whom they’d been watching.

Mashal said he had sought the imam’s advice about raising children in a mixed-religion household. Mashal is Muslim; his wife is Christian.

He said the agents offered to get him off the list — if he would become an undercover informant at mosques. He refused and said he feels he was being blackmailed.

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)


Sparrow — New Email Client for Mac OS X

New desktop email client by Dinh Viêt Hoà and Dominique Leca. It’s a Gmail-only beta version at the moment, but they have plans to expand support to other IMAP servers. Rather than ape Apple Mail or even traditional three-pane email clients in general, Sparrow’s UI design borrows from Tweetie (for Mac), the iPad, and Gmail’s web app. I’m not sure how this design will scale to support a full list of mailboxes (or, in Gmail parlance, labels), but still, it’s very interesting, and an original take on email. Worth a look now, and worth keeping an eye on.

I can see Apple Acquiring this.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Email Service vs Credit Worthiness?

What Does Your Email Address Tell About Your Credit Worthiness?

What about those of us with our own domains?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, drivers with lower credit scores file 40% more claims than drivers at the higher end of the credit scale.

Forget “red” state, “blue” state… certain states also have higher credit scores than others. The Dakotas and Wisconsin lead the country while Texas and Nevada have the lowest average credit scores.

We found another intriguing credit score correlation, email address domains. Based on a sample of 20,000 credit scores, our data shows that there is a difference of average scores based on what email service users prefer. Interestingly, Gmail and Comcast users came out the top with a higher average, while AOL and Yahoo users had the lowest average credit scores.

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)