Protecting America's Borders at the expense of art: Please read and pass alongA renown Ney (similar to a pan flute with the exception it is a single reed flute) player Boujemaa Razgui had his 11 neys destroyed along with 2 kawalas by TSA and US Customs Officials on arrival at JFK Airport in New York. Razgui has performed around the world with his valuable neys for 30+ years as part of the Al Andalus Ensemble. He was returning to the US from Morocco via Spain. Both countries are home to Andalusian classic music where his ensemble get its name. The ney is used heavily in Turkish music but also features in Arabic, Persian and Central Asian music. It is a noticeable instrument in the maqam one of a variety of Arabic musical genres. Again the maqam is played across Middle East and Central Asia. The Iraqi maqam is considered to be the longest surviving regional maqam with its own unique music system. The ney is often handcrafted with special required reeds for its unique sound. Each ney represents literally pieces of love and patience for first learners who must gradually grow with the instrument its various tones and buttons the same is true for the violin or the drums. Its repertoire for beautiful melodies has been well recognized for centuries. It is one of the oldest wind instruments still in use that has crisscrossed borders around the world. For instruments like the ney, drums or maqam that serve as inanimate cultural ambassadors or diplomats its shameful and terrible when they are destroyed or repressed for fear of upsetting the security state and its agents. For every musician, his or her instrument is a part of them and the peoples and places they represent. Of all the things on Earth, music has bypassed numerous restrictions throughout the centuries and security forces to be recognize as a global language in its own right.