On August 6, 2004, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a news release to announce that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will provide free legal advice to Muslims questioned by the FBI.
This is the first paragraph of CAIRâ€™s news release:
â€œA prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced that it is teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to offer free legal advice and support to Muslims who are approached by the FBI for voluntary interviews.â€
Notice that the lead paragraph acknowledges in the last sentence that the interviews are â€œvoluntaryâ€.
This raises several questions:
- Why doesnâ€™t CAIR promote the idea that the FBI is defending America from Islamist terrorists and encourage Muslims to share information? Engy Ebdelkader, CAIR Civil Rights Director, "CAIR's partnership with the ACLU will help Muslims who are unaware of their legal rights or who just have concerns about being approached by the FBI."
Is there any evidence that the FBI has abused these interviews to take unfair advantage of any Muslim? If so, where is it? CAIRâ€™s animosity towards the FBI is well known, why do they insist on poisoning the Muslim communityâ€™s attitude toward the FBI? Is CAIR upset that the FBI has been one of the lead agencies responsible for jailing so many CAIR officers?
- Why is the ACLU involved with CAIR? Dalia Hashad, ACLU Arab, Muslim and South Asian advocate: "This dragnet technique used by the FBI is simply racial profiling and violates our most cherished fundamental freedoms."
â€œDragnet techniqueâ€? Is Hashad of the opinion that the FBI has enough agents that they can sweep into any town or city in the United States and simply interview every Muslim? If so, she is either sadly misinformed or deliberately inflaming Muslims. Which is it?
In opposition to questioning American Muslims, the ACLU issued this ridiculous statement: â€œ...the FBI questioned more than 8,000 Muslim and Arab men in 2001 and 2002, but that questioning did not yield a single arrest of a suspected terrorist.â€
Really? Does the ACLU now run the FBI?
It seems that the ACLU has now adopted CAIRâ€™s editorial line: Throw out a lie and see if anyone is stupid enough to fall for it. Americans are waking up and the lessons of 9-11 are finally beginning to sink inâ€¦Americans will not simply walk to their graves dug by the likes of CAIR and the ACLU.
We are at war and we simply do not have time for this silliness.