WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award.
According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.
Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb.
Derogatory information is a broad category that can include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities. Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, Gillian Christensen, said, "A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States."
"The White Helmets," a 40-minute Netflix documentary, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short. If the film wins the Oscar, the award would go to director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. Khateeb is one of three people credited for cinematography; Franklin Dow is the film's director of photography.
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The film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Many of the group's members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's air forces. The group also was nominated for last year's Nobel Peace Prize.
"The White Helmets" includes emblematic scenes of the deadly 6-year-old conflict: people digging through destroyed homes looking for survivors, at constant risk of "double tap" attacks that target first responders after they've arrived at the scene of a strike.
Khateeb had been issued a visa to attend the ceremony with Hollywood's biggest stars. But Turkish authorities detained him this week, according to the internal U.S. government correspondence, and he suddenly needed a passport waiver from the United States to enter the country.
The correspondence indicated he would not receive such a waiver. There was no explanation in the correspondence for why Turkey detained Khateeb.Surely the average uninformed American would think that preventing the oscar nominee to travel to the United States is unfair but there is more to the story, Much more. The White Helmets is a propaganda piece by every measure. Who and what are the 'White Helmets"? What was really going in Obama's illegal war in Syria? The Obama administration aided and funded Al Qaeda in Libya to overthrow Gaddafi and then moved on to Syria supplying and aiding rebels in Syria to overthrow Assad. Rebels that included ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates. Why do you think Benghazi was covered up? Because of the RAT LINE of arms from Libya to Syria via Turkey among other things including elections.
Shielding Obama and his assumed successor Hillary Clinton from any criticism and scandal was eagerly performed by the legacy media in the United States and the coverage of the illegal Syrian war in general has been lacking in most other countries around the world. In fact, coverage in Syria by CNN was exposed as fraudulent years ago with Syria Danny and now we have the 'White Helmets' What does a real independent journalist have to say about Syria, the press and the 'White Helmets' ? Watch:
Yes, Hollywood is in the propaganda business and always has been. Unfortunately, the legacy news media in the United States has totally abandoned its role as the fourth estate and the lines have been totally erased between news and entertainment, fact and fiction and speaking truth to power. The Church committee revealed decades ago that the Deep State controls the media through secret programs like Operation Mockingbird . While newer secret programs remain unnamed, the results of their efforts are obvious to anyone that critically reads the headlines and examines the FAKE NEWS. For everyone else the Oscar goes to ....