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Confiscation of Passport

Reader comment on item: The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations
in response to reader comment: confiscation of US passports in Saudi Arabia by American companies

Submitted by Frank Seidan (United States), Aug 13, 2006 at 20:49

Would you please clarify the issues with confiscation of the passport by the US Company. Of course, travel will restricted. But is it used as a bargaining chip with employees on contract terms?

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The confiscation of passports may seem an incidental incident but when it is used as an inhibitor and controlled device, with a large US vested company, in partnership with a Saudi company where the head of the Minister of Interior has a vested interest, where the joint venture is operated by a US General Manager, working on multi-million-dollar contracts from the Minister of Interior Organization, and US citizens working on non-employment visa for six months. With the present state of the Middle East, this becomes a situation where US citizens are at risk. The normal US citizen looking for employment is not aware of the environment they are about to enter.

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What risks are for confiscation of passport and is it used as toll for vacations, traveling and employment with other companies?

Thanks

Frank Seidan

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