Shortly before 11:00 AM MDT on Tuesday March 31, 2009, Zuhair Mahmoud became a US citizen, ending a five year struggle with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
This web site is dedicated to telling Zuhair’s full story, in the hopes that it will inspire others to constantly demand their rights and have faith in the process.


On September seventh, 2004, Zuhair Mahmoud applied for US citizenship with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.  Zuhair passed all required background checks and was interviewed on December 10, 2004, where he passed his English language and Civics exams.  Instead of approving his application, Zuhair was told that he needed to wait for his “Name Check” from the FBI to be completed.

In January of 2005, Zuhair was approached by two FBI agents who wanted to recruit him as an informant.  When he declined, his application was stalled under the pretext of the “Name Check”, in contravention of section 1447(b) of the United States Code, which obligates the US Government to make a final decision on a naturalization application no later than 120 days from the date of a citizenship interview.

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About Zuhair

Born totally blind as the first child of a poor couple in Amman Jordan, one can say that Zuhair’s birth broke his poor mother’s heart!  With few resources and scarce knowledge about blindness, Zuhair’s parents did not know what to do.  To them, the joy brought about by a new child, a first child, was destroyed forever, and a journey into the unknown began.

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