American Posts Criticism Of His Company In United Arab Emirates On Facebook . . . Company Brings Criminal Charges And Has Him Arrested Upon His Return To The UAE

AR-150309877We have previously discussed the common criminalization of speech found in Muslim countries (and the increasing criminalization seen in the West). The most recent victim is Ryan Pate, a civilian helicopter mechanic who was arrested for a derogatory comments made on Facebook in the United States toward his employer in the United Arab Emirates, Global Aerospace Logistics. After he returned to the United Arab Emirates, he was promptly arrested at the request of the company. This again is one of our closest allies that denies the basic protections of free speech not only to its citizens but even to Americans speaking in the United States.


The conflict with the company occurred in December 2012, when Pate was working as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter mechanic for Global Aerospace Logistics. He wanted to leave the company due to his back pain but Global Aerospace wanted a second opinion from a local physician. That promptly the angry Facebook response.

gal_site_logo200px-Facebook.svgThe Facebook statement is not clear but is reportedly rash and offensive. But that does not matter. It is speech. Bad speech to be sure, but still speech. It certainly could be the basis for termination depending on its content. However, Global Aerospace Logistics has reportedly sought to jail an American for speaking on Facebook. It is not clear if the company receives U.S. military grants or funding but this should be an issue that weighs heavily against such work — or contracts with private U.S. businesses. It website proclaims that “Global Aerospace Logistics is making a big impression” this year. That is certainly true. Just not a good impression.

Abu Dhabi police would not tell Pate, 30, why he had to come into the police station, but then arrested him under the Emerati cybercrimes law for slandering his employer. While free on bail, he is scheduled to stand trial March 17 and could face up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Five years in prison for writing something nasty about his employer while in the United States on Facebook.

Source: TBO

31 thoughts on “American Posts Criticism Of His Company In United Arab Emirates On Facebook . . . Company Brings Criminal Charges And Has Him Arrested Upon His Return To The UAE”

  1. “It certainly could be the basis for termination depending on its content. However, Global Aerospace Logistics has reportedly sought to jail an American for speaking on Facebook. It is not clear if the company receives U.S. military grants or funding but this should be an issue that weighs heavily against such work — or contracts with private U.S. businesses.”

    Although we cannot change the laws of other countries, we can and should vote with our dollars. Our government should not give its business to any foreign company that would jail an American for his free speech in America. In addition, word of this travesty should be widespread, to discourage private companies from engaging them, as well.

  2. Once again, we’re off and running with the partisan bashing.
    My take is that our world if filled with injustices and we need to start praying. We need pray hot and heavy, for forgiveness and to turn and focus on our Creator, not our government.
    Voting because you are a registered this or that is wrong! Voting because your ancestors were a certain party affiliation is ludicrous.
    We need to grow up and start searching for as much truth as we can accumulate through the teeth of the candidates. We need to vet them and then vet again.
    Those who have a religious conscience need to vote according to their religious convictions and beliefs.
    Our present president has proven to be a disappointment–to say the least.
    I pray for Ryan Pate and his company comes to their senses and gets him out of jail and sent home.

  3. Olly, Since the NYT broke the story, that means Hillary gave it to them. She knew it was going to come out in some other venue and so she is getting ahead of it. There will be many more fires for her to put out. She and her husband are morally bankrupt, vindictive, crooked and evil. Other than that, a fine couple.

  4. “The Facebook statement is not clear but is reportedly rash and offensive. But that does not matter. It is speech. Bad speech to be sure, but still speech. It certainly could be the basis for termination depending on its content.”

    In the U.S. even professors are bound up with business in our society. The last sentence is beautiful for corporations. Don’t worry ya’ll you can still fire this guy, you just can’t put him in prison. That’s not a worry JT, the State does that for them.

  5. “With the Republicans it is impossible for a ‘fair and balanced’ discussion.”

    Isaac,
    Relatively speaking, eh?

  6. Olly

    With the Republicans it is impossible for a ‘fair and balanced’ discussion. There is only rage and accusation to the point whether it is proven or not some of the smell sticks. This is the Republican way. Nothing is beneath them. Guess who’s coming, came, spoke to Congress?

  7. Nick,
    I’m looking forward to the “fair and balanced” discussion on Hillary’s use of a private email account for her State Department communications.

  8. Olly, Just BDS. It is a progressive disease, exacerbated by the failings of the cult leader.

  9. Lloyd,
    I see nothing in my post that would indicate I’ve forgotten anything. I don’t defend unconstitutional government, PERIOD.

  10. Break all contracts with the company. If they sue, then assert the doctrine of estoppel by scumbag. A scumbag is estopped to sue for any breach of contract since no legitimate person or company can be expected to honor a contract with a scumbag.

  11. Olly, you may have already forgotten the GWB warrantless wiretaps, the shielding of crony communications companies that worked with govt and delivered whatever information demanded. You may have forgotten that GOP pushed through the Iraq war over false pretenses, the Patriot Act and all its spying on all Americans provisions and the rapid growth of an uncontrolled NSA. While Obama is guilty of using the Espionage Act more than any other period in history, jailing whistleblowers and attacking truth telling journalists, he is just carrying on the trend started after 9/11. Rewarding the liars and punishing the truth tellers is not an Obama creation……

    Americans should demand that the company in question not be given ANY US taxpayer money and that the person be released immediately and sent back home. But then again, most Americans can’t be bothered and their ‘representatives’ would simply ignore those demands, since campaign contributions are more important than justice.

  12. Oh why not; it’s not as though our government has proven their fidelity to the rule of law. Half of the country still believes Lois Lerner and the IRS would never target our own citizens. That same constituency believes this administration is honest and Jonathan Gruber is the liar. When will we ever learn that government is an equal opportunity offender of our civil liberties? If you still vote based on political party identity then you ARE the root of the problem.

  13. US companies would love this law, and the current SCOTUS would support them. Capitalism at its normal functioning in most of the world. I had some personal experience with the refinery where I worked in trying to impose censorship in the workplace. We had a union newsletter that the company did not want to allow inside the plant. They tried to discipline me and other union members for distributing it inside. One of our members back before the internet went to the law library at U of Houston and did some legal research and got precedents and court rulings.

    We brought that to the meeting with the company, and showed them the relevant law, and the problem went away. I am not so sure that this will work now. I had another problem about a year later, and went to the same library to do some research, and they denied me entrance. I guess that the company had a long chat with U of Houston about allowing union members free access to non-students at the library. I had no problem getting into the regular library at U of Houston.

  14. Um, not only is this lovely country an “ally” of our “freedom” loving country but this corporation is obviously a US GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR. why on earth does our government permit such behavior by a government contractor?

    I am sure US corporations would love to be able to get our Congress to pass such a law in the US to make it a crime to say anything negative about them and with the current Congress and the coming of the TTP they just might get it.

  15. The US govt could give a rats ass about freedoms elsewhere. All it cares about is good relations when it comes to oil and infrastructure. Our govt runs solely on corruption.

    This country is ripe for a Revolution

  16. This is News. It has been going on for many, many years and will not change because they have the best of both worlds. Power and the right to choose who may speak and who may not and will ( Act) offended by anyone who criticizes them.
    Young people think social media is real and ok as long as it doesn’t come back to bit them.
    Sounds like the same premise, to me.

  17. For private citizens:
    When travelling, repeat: This is not America.
    When using Facebook, repeat: This is not Private.

    For international companies:
    If you are hiring American helicopter mechanics and pilots and IT, etc., don’t arrest them for minor things.
    It makes hiring the next one very hard indeed.
    You’ve made it clear you think you own them. The pay alone will not be high enough to make competent people sell themselves to you.

  18. Well, I am going to sell my stock in this company. Are they taking lessons from Putin?

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