The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which was founded in the United States by members of the terrorist group Hamas, is suing the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and other federal agencies for allegedly creating “a kind of second-class citizenship” for American Muslims.
The lawsuit, filed Aug. 8, according to a report by ShadowProof.com, contends the government agencies employ a watchlist system that separates American Muslims from their children, denies Muslims employment opportunities, prevents them from traveling by air, and rejects or delays their immigration benefits.
Zainab Arain, the author of CAIR’s most recent annual report on alleged discrimination against Muslims in the U.S., asserted “Islamophobia” by Customs and Border Protection most frequently takes the form of racial profiling and invasion of privacy.
“Muslim travelers are often taken to secondary inspection and questioned about their background, their communication and their contacts in the United States,” Arain said. “They are asked religious questions that have nothing to do with the mission of CBP, which is to determine if individuals are lawfully permitted to enter the country.”
Arain charges that the way Muslims are handled by security personnel constitutes an abuse of power, and he insists the “religious questioning” is unconstitutional.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch commented that the idea that the FBI and other agencies are riddled with “Islamophobia” is “absurd beyond measure.”
“This lawsuit is a clear attempt to hamstring and destroy even the feeble counterterror efforts that the FBI is pursuing today, which will have the effect of clearing away still more obstacles in the way of the advancing jihad,” Spencer said. “I’ve said for years that Hamas-linked CAIR has opposed every counterterror measure that has ever been proposed or implemented, and this lawsuit is further confirmation of that fact.”
Arain says the “targeting” of Muslims most often involves surveillance of and visits to mosques, homes and workplaces to question people about their social networks and religious beliefs.
“Questions include: Do you know so-and-so at your masjid? Do you know anybody who is ‘radicalized?’ What do you think about such-and-such imam? What are your thoughts about this school of religious thought?” explained Arain.
“Such behavior discourages Muslims from exercising their First Amendment right to free practice of religion because they feel threatened.”
In its annual report, CAIR contends an “almost unprecedented level of government hostility toward a religious minority” can be attributed to the presidency of Donald Trump.
CAIR pointed in particular to multiple executive orders “banning Muslim travel to the U.S.,” which it said was responsible for 18 percent of all recorded “Islamophobic incidents” in 2017.
The restriction on travel, however, affected only about 10 percent of the global Muslim population. The original seven countries on the list were identified by the Obama administration as places where either the government aids and abets terrorism or terror groups are able to flourish. After considerable litigation, the presidential order that was affirmed as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court included two non-Islamic nations.
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, in a speech last year, cited a CAIR annual report that concluded 2016 was the worst year on record for American Muslims “when it comes to hate crimes, acts of vandalism, discrimination, attacks on our civil and human rights.”
However, the latest FBI statistics at that time showed anti-Semitic hate crimes were more than two times more common than hate crimes against Muslims, pointed out Spencer, who also has noted many of the reports have turned out to be false or faked by Muslims themselves.
Court: ‘Ample evidence’ against CAIR
CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas and designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, along with groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida.
While CAIR regards itself as a civil-rights organization, according to evidence entered in the terror-financing case, it was founded by figures associated with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, the worldwide movement that has stated its intent to transform the U.S. into an Islamic state. More than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
CAIR has sued the authors of a WND Books expose, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” which documented the group’s radical ties. A trial in the case is expected to commence within the next year.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report in November 2016 that compiled 867 alleged incidents of “harassment and intimidation” in the 10 days that followed the election of Trump. But many of those reports turned out to be hoaxes, and most of the incidents on SPLC’s list, while deplorable if they actually happened, did not include physical violence, meaning the use of the term “attack” was misleading.
While CAIR has complained of the unindicted co-conspirator designation, as WND reported in 2010, a federal judge later determined that the Justice Department provided “ample evidence” to designate CAIR as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, affirming the Muslim group has been involved in “a conspiracy to support Hamas.”
In 2008, the FBI cut off official contact with CAIR, citing evidence from the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial which documented the connections between CAIR and its founders to Hamas.