After his license to transport hazardous materials was withdrawn on national security grounds, Bilal Mahmud found himself trapped in a situation of not knowing what he was suspected of having done, or by whom. “When the letter arrived, I thought, ‘This has got to be a mistake,” said Mr. Mahmud, who lives in Atlanta and made his living as a truck driver.

The July 30, 2004, letter from the Transportation Security Administration informed him that the endorsement on his commercial driver’s license that entitled him to haul hazardous materials was being withdrawn forthwith, because they were not available to people the agency “determines or suspects … of being a threat to national security, transportation security or terrorism.


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