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Tuesday
Mar012011

Vacuum Cleaner Part Triggers Terrorist Alert

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BERLIN) -- A German citizen of Tunisian descent found himself the subject of a terrorism investigation after a vacuum cleaner part he ordered through the mail was flagged by security officials. 

The German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reports Ali ben Salem has lived in Berlin for more than 40 years, but he discovered his name was on a terrorism watch list after a vacuum cleaner company said it was unable to deliver a part he ordered. 

European Union regulations state that persons on terrorism watch lists are barred from receiving “financial assets or economic resources,” and that apparently includes vacuum cleaner parts. 

The vacuum cleaner company informed ben Salam his $15 part would be shipped as soon as he provided a copy of his personal identification.  Instead of complying, ben Salem has demanded his money back.

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