(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/28/2018) – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans who respect the Constitution and value human rights to tell their Senators and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to oppose the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new CIA director.
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL AND CALL THE U.S. SENATE AND SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE TO OPPOSE HASPEL’S CONFIRMATION AS CIA DIRECTOR
While at the CIA, Haspel not only oversaw the torture of detainees, but she helped destroy the evidence documenting the abuses in direct violation of U.S. law and executive orders.
“Not only did Haspel personally oversee the torture of an individual, but she also developed a secret laboratory to torture detainees at the CIA’s Thailand ‘black site’ and destroyed evidence to cover up agency abuses. She clearly lacks the moral conscience and fitness to hold any position of authority and responsibility, especially one with grave national security implications, such as the director of the CIA,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi.
In addition to issuing a click-and-send action alert, CAIR is releasing a congressional fact sheet, titled “U.S. Senate: Oppose and Block the Confirmation of Torturer Gina Haspel as CIA Director,” for concerned citizens and activists to forward on to their senators and members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Members of the public are being asked to take the following actions to oppose and block Haspel’s confirmation as CIA Director:
Contact Information: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
“Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am calling to urge Senator [NAME OF SENATOR] to “OPPOSE” and “VOTE NO” on the confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director due to her prior experience in overseeing the use of torture, destroying the evidence, and violating federal laws and procedures.
Haspel serving as the CIA Director would provide impunity to those who obstruct justice and dismiss US and international human rights standards. Thank you.”
CAIR is monitoring a troubling spike in Islamophobic and racist incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups that has coincided with the rise of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate and with his election as president.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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