Monday, January 03, 2005

Can the ACLU be Far Behind?

In Daniel Pipes New Year's day email, he writes about CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) being named a defendant in a 9/11 Terror class action lawsuit. Here's one of the sections of the complaint that he quotes, which I find most interesting ...
"The unique role played by CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to manipulate the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. In addition, both organizations have actively sought to hamper governmental anti-terrorism efforts by direct propaganda activities aimed at police, first-responders, and intelligence agencies through so-called sensitivity training. Their goal is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities."

The first thing I wondered after reading that is can the ACLU be far behind? They're seemingly complicit in CAIR's goals and appear to have no trouble in supporting the organization. For example, they've recently joined CAIR in spearheading an investigation of a Christian school in Texas which questioned a Muslim applicants interested in "joining and oprganization whose membership is basically in total disagreement with your religious beliefs", based on the Quran's apparent call for violence against non-Muslims.

While on the surface, the case may have merits, I seriously question whether the ACLU should be joining forces with an organization with know ties to terrorism, as well as links to organizations on the US State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

More on CAIR's Message of Violence

FOOTNOTE: CAIR and ACLU joined forces shortly after 9/11 in an effort to prevent law enforcement agencies from contacting Arab-Americans about the tragedy. View footnote in comments.


Blogger Bruno said...

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January 3, 2005 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...


The ACLU certainly didn't wait long in attempting to block the government's access to potential terrorist information and join forces with CAIR!

As of December 9, 2001, the Florida affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations - FL (CAIR) has launched a toll-free hotline to provide legal assistance to individuals who have been contacted by law enforcement for questioning related to the September 11th terrorist attacks. Through the hotline the ACLU and CAIR will provide legal assistance, including attorney referrals and translators, for individuals who have been asked to consent to "voluntary" interviews by law enforcement agencies collecting information about the attacks of September 11th. Individuals, Florida residences only, calling the hotline, 1-888-597-4909, ext. 17, can receive assistance 24-hours a day.

Please note that we're talking about just being "contacted"!

January 3, 2005 at 8:09 AM  

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