I Am Not A Terrorist

A one man's experience with an Illinois State Trooper and an FBI agent for photographing railroad tracks in Central Illinois in the aftermath of the trajic 9/11events.
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April 24, 2009 - PRLog -- “STILL MOMENTS: A Story about Faded Dreams and Forbidden Pictures” is a disturbing personal account that could qualify as a comedy if it were not true.

Bloomington author Zighen Aym writes of his experience of ethnic profiling in the aftermath of 9/11. A naturalized citizen of Algerian descent whose hobby is photography, Zighen stopped along Route 66 to photograph the railroad tracks one day in October 2002.

An Illinois State Police officer stopped and questioned him, asking for identification and what he was doing. What followed several months later was an FBI interrogation. The reader experiences Zighen’s reflections on his life in Algeria, his move to the United States, his reaction to being suspected of terrorist activities in the innocence of a photography hobby, the ethnic profiling he experienced and the traumatic FBI interrogation.

Previously, Zighen Aym has authored several articles in English and French in a US magazine and North African newspapers.

Still Moments is available at www.amazon.com, www.alibris.com and through Baker & Taylor

STILL MOMENTS: A Story about Faded Dreams and Forbidden Pictures, published by ZAWP, 5 ¼  x  8, 67 pages, 13 illustrations, ISBN 0-9765998-0-5, $10.95, Publication date June 28, 2005.

“This Algerian-American author is surely right in articulating frustration with the dominant view of American culture conceived in terms of freedom, equality and justice. The challenge of the post 9/11 disobliging ethos that transpires from this fascinating, poignant and powerful account is here to remind the world that walls of eloquent silence can collapse to let the innocent speak. Still Moments teaches humanity that one of the virtues of innocence is unyielding truth.”

   Dr. Kamal Salhi, Editor of International Journal of Francophone Studies
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