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CAIR Files Suit on Behalf of American Muslim Subjected to ‘White Torture’ at U.S. Port of Entry

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it filed a lawsuit against unidentified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on behalf of an American Muslim student who was subjected to “white torture” and subsequent denial of medical treatment in Detroit, Mich. 

SEE: CAIR Lawsuit on Behalf of American Muslim Subjected to ‘White Torture’

“White torture” is a form of physical and psychological torture that involves extreme sensory deprivation and insolation. The United States has been accused previously of using white torture against prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

When attempting to return to the United States through the Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry, the Muslim student was allegedly handcuffed and isolated in a freezing cold cell with bright lights without his jacket and shoes.

Despite his repeated pleas for medical treatment, it was not until after he felt his body “was shutting down” and he fell unconscious that the unidentified CBP officers finally called for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, only to be handcuffed to the ambulance bed.

The lawsuit states that the Muslim student was subjected to this form of cruel and unusual punishment because he was placed on the Terror Screening Database -- a watch list of “known or suspected terrorists” -- without due process.

CAIR’s lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, alleges cruel and unusual punishment and denial of medical treatment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Last week, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit to move forward that the Muslim organization filed on his behalf, and on behalf of 24 American Muslims, challenging his placement on the federal watch list. CAIR’s lawsuit, the broadest-ever challenge to the federal watch list, is the first to be allowed by a federal judge to move forward to challenge the selectee component of the federal watch list.

SEE:  Federal Judge Allows CAIR Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Terror Watch List to Move Forward

“Our government’s use of white torture against innocent American Muslims who have never been charged with a crime is unconscionable and unacceptable by any standard,” said CAIR Litigation Director Lena Masri.

“What happened in this case is happening to Muslim travelers with alarming regularity,” said Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas. “Our lawsuit seeks to hold accountable the government officials who contribute to making ‘traveling while Muslim’ so treacherous.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

CAIR asks 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  

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents.

For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds Iowa GOP for Stance on Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Who Allegedly Assaulted Minn. Sheriff

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today applauded a statement from that state’s Republican Party distancing itself from an upcoming event featuring anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo, who recently had a restraining order issued against him following allegations that he assaulted a Minnesota sheriff.

On Thursday evening, media reports indicated that the Pottawattamie County Republican Party is co-sponsoring an event with Guandolo at the Oakland Community Center in Oakland, Iowa.

SEE: Understanding Islamic Terrorism Event Coming to Oakland

Subsequent reports indicate that Guandolo’s appearance was promoted by one party member, but was rejected by county GOP officials, who voted against sponsoring the Islamophobic event. A Republican Party of Iowa spokesperson said: "The Iowa GOP is not sponsoring, hosting, or otherwise participating in the event, and for anyone to claim to the contrary is demonstrably false.”

SEE: County GOP Chair Invites Speaker on Muslim Terrorism; Fellow Republicans Object

“We applaud the Republican Party of Iowa for its stance on this issue and welcome the vote against Guandolo’s Islamophobic event by county GOP officials,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.

Minnesota’s Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has accused Guandolo of assaulting him during a national law enforcement conference earlier this year in Reno, Nev. In a statement, Stanek’s office said: “The Hennepin County District Court has issued a Harassment Restraining Order against Guandolo.” A criminal investigation is reportedly being conducted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada.

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John Guandolo Ordered to Stay Away from Sheriff Stanek (Star Tribune)

Anti-Muslim Speaker Now Accused of Assaulting a Sheriff

She said CAIR recently welcomed a decision by the Mesa Police Department in Mesa, Ariz., that a May “training” by Guandolo will be the “last time” for such an event.

CAIR Good News Alert: Arizona Police Department Says ‘Last Time’ for Training by Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist John Guandolo

Among his many bizarre and Islamophobic claims, Guandolo has falsely claimed that:

  • U.S. mosques are planning armed attacks on law enforcement authorities and churches,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement is funded by “enemies of the United States,”
  • when a Delaware Imam (Islamic religious leader) touched his nose during the pledge of allegiance before a legislative session it was part of “civilizational jihad,”
  • former CIA Director John Brennan was a secret Muslim,
  • Muslims are “obligated” to lie,
  • Muslim hotel managers, cabbies and 7-11 workers seek to take over America,
  • it is “unprofessional” for officials to seek information about Islam from Islamic religious leaders (imams).

CAIR recently said Guandolo is putting local Muslim communities at risk by making the false claim that, “Mosques/Islamic Centers are organizing for armed confrontation with law enforcement, shoring up physical defenses where they see likely confrontation and increasing their pre-attack surveillances of churches and other targets.”

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Audio: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims Mosques, MSA Chapters Seek 'Overthrow' of U.S. Government

Video: John Guandolo Claims Muslims are 'Obligated' to Lie, Talking to Imams is 'Unprofessional'

Audio/Video: Islamophobes John Guandolo, Chris Gaubatz Smear Mosques, Say BLM is Funded by 'Enemies' of U.S.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo

Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim

Guandolo: Delaware Imam Touching His Nose is Part of Civilizational Jihad

Backgrounder on Islamophobe John Guandolo:

CAIR’s profile of Guandolo documents his belief that America “is at war with Islam” and that major Muslim organizations and mosques are “preparing for combat.” Guandolo also claims there is inaction on the part of the U.S. government to counter this threat because people inside the Trump White House “have been co-opted by the bad guys.” 

Earlier this year, Guandolo excused a terror attack on a London mosque because “people who are still sane” are “having to make very difficult decisions.”

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Understanding the Threat

Last year, a Texas college canceled a similar event. The college’s decision came following a request by CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

SEE: Texas College Cancels Controversial Law Enforcement Training Event Led by 'Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist'

Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo to Host Anti-Muslim Training at Texas College

CAIR-Dallas Asks College to Cancel Law Enforcement ‘Training’ by Islamophobe John Guandolo

In 2015, CAIR welcomed the withdrawal of an FBI representative from an event in Texas that was initially sponsored by the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and featured Guandolo.

SEE: FBI Withdraws from Texas Event Initially Sponsored by Hate Group and Featuring Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist

Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy rescinded its approval of in-service training credits for state law enforcement scheduled to attend a training Guandolo was conducting in Culpeper, Va., after being made aware of his anti-Islam rhetoric.

SEE: Virginia Agency Pulls Accreditation for Anti-Muslim Training    

A sheriff in Kansas decided not to partner with a citizens group sponsoring a Guandolo training after being informed of his conspiracy theories. When a journalist at Kansas’ Wichita Eagle covered the controversy, Guandolo accused the reporter of material support of terrorism.

SEE: Kansas Sheriff Won't Partner on Training by John Guandolo    

A number of Arizona police departments decided not to send officers to one of Guandolo’s trainings.

CAIR: Arizona Police Departments Drop Out of Islamophobic Training  

Guandolo left the FBI shortly after reports surfaced that he had allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a key witness in a corruption trial targeting a member of Congress. In addition he is documented as having falsified his credentials and work experience.

Major General Tony Cucolo, Commandant of the US Army War College, informed CAIR in an email: “Mr. Guandolo's claim (in print) that he teaches at the Army War College and any other references (e.g., online) identifying him as an adjunct instructor here are simply untrue.”

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim 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: https://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer, 319-573-6617, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

CAIR Letter to U.N. Ambassador Haley: Decisive Action Needed in Response to Burma’s Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, today sent a letter to United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to request that the U.S. take immediate and decisive action in response to the government of Burma’s ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim population.

SEE: Burma treatment of Rohingya looks like 'textbook ethnic cleansing', says UN

In the letter to Ambassador Haley, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote in part:

“On behalf of the American Muslim community and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, we write to request that the United States take immediate and decisive action in response to the government of Burma’s ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim population.

“Over the past several weeks, Burmese soldiers, militants, and mobs have traveled from village to village in Rahkine State, engaging in mass murder, rape, torture, and arson along the way.

“Survivors, bystanders, and even perpetrators have posted video footage showing Rohingya men, women and children being beaten to death, dismembered, and burned alive, among other acts of brutality.

“These attacks have in the past weeks sent over 370,000 survivors fleeing for Burma’s closed border with Bangladesh, thereby sparking a humanitarian crisis and once again staining the reputation of the international community.

“This violence has gone too far, and gone on for far too long. If the international community fails to stop the first genocide of the twenty-first century, Burma may soon become synonymous with Rwanda and Bosnia.

“Already, the United Nations’ top human rights official Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein has said that the Government of Burma was conducting a ‘cruel military operation’ against Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Rakhine state, labeling it ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.’

“Although the United States cannot intervene in every global humanitarian crisis, our nation has a unique obligation and opportunity to intervene in this crisis. As you know, the Obama Administration lifted many sanctions on Burma’s military dictatorship as the regime took small steps towards becoming a democratic government.

“Unfortunately, the Burmese government simultaneously took even longer steps towards becoming a genocidal government. The United Nations issued a report in February 2017 alleging that Burma’s government has spent years engaging in behavior that ‘very likely’ constitutes crimes against humanity and ethnic cleaning. Burma refused to grant entry visas to United Nations investigators charged with examining these allegations. In doing so, Burma violated its obligations as a member of the international community as well its promises to the United States.

“In response, the United States should consider taking four different steps.

“First, the United States should publicly announce that it will re-impose upon Burma all the economic and diplomatic sanctions that the Obama Administration previously lifted. Although doing so would take time, the mere threat to reestablish those costly financial sanctions could spur Burma’s military-dominated leadership to quell the violence. The U.S. military should also not provide any military-to-military assistance to the Government of Burma.

“Secondly, the United States, working with the U.N. Security Council, should ensure that the emergency meeting it plans to hold tomorrow about the violence Rohingya Muslims face is a public meeting. The Security Council should communicate to the government of Burma that it will face severe sanctions unless they immediately put an end to the brutal campaign against the Rohingya Muslim community. The government of Burma recently said it was negotiating with China and Russia to block any Security Council censure over the violence being committed against Rohingya Muslims.

“Third, the U.S. State Department should launch an investigation into extremist Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu. Mr. Wirathu, who has reportedly described himself as the “Buddhist Bin Laden,” fans the flames of public hysteria against Rohingya Muslims, encouraging and fomenting recent outbursts of violence. If sufficient evidence exists, both the United States and the U.N. Security Council should designate Mr. Wirathu a foreign terrorist and impose sanctions accordingly.

“Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the United States should publicly and forcefully call upon Myanmar’s de facto leader, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, to live up to her democratic ideals. So far, Ms. Kyi has ignored, downplayed, and sometimes exacerbated the violence against Rohingya Muslims. This is unacceptable for any leader, and especially unacceptable for a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The United States should publicly call on Ms. Kyi to acknowledge, condemn, and stop the violence—or face the same sanctions imposed on Myanmar’s military leaders.

“The mere prospect of America pursuing one or more of these four steps could lead Myanmar to stop its ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing.

“Whatever ultimately happens, and whatever we ultimately do, we must do something. The United States cannot allow Myanmar to use American diplomatic and economic cover to commit the first true genocide of the 21st century. The world failed to intervene in Srebrenica. The world failed to intervene in Rwanda. The world still has a chance to intervene in Myanmar.

“For the sake of the victims, for the sake of our values, for the sake of humanity, we implore you to act with decisive moral clarity. We stand ready to vocally support your efforts if you do.”

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

National Muslim Civil Rights Group to Offer ‘How to Start a CAIR Chapter in Your State’ Webinar

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/2017) -- On Wednesday, September 13, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will offer a webinar on ‘How to Start a CAIR Chapter in Your State.’

Community members interested in starting a CAIR office in their state are invited to participate in the webinar to learn more about the process involved in forming a new chapter.

WHAT: Webinar - How to Start a CAIR Chapter in Your State

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. EDT

REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8912033609720766209

CAIR recently announced the addition of new chapters and offices in Oregon, Colorado, Kentucky and Austin, Texas.

SEE: CAIR: National Muslim Civil Rights Group Opens New Chapter in Oregon

CAIR: Muslim Civil Rights Group Opens New Chapters in Colorado, Kentucky and Texas

CAIR also announced that it is opening a new satellite office in West Virginia. Satellite offices are an extension of CAIR’s national headquarters and seek to increase its presence at the grassroots level.

SEE: Muslim civil rights organization to open WV affiliate (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

West Virginia State Director Job Description

CAIR has 35 chapters and offices nationwide, with its national headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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’S mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.          

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Chapter Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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