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To add your name, organization, mosque or Islamic center as a signatory to this statement, click here or e-mail  bestusa80@hotmail.com. 

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U.S. Muslim Coalition Considers Suspending Relations with FBI
Move comes following incidents of FBI targeting mosques, Muslim groups

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/17/2009) � A coalition of major national Islamic organizations today announced that it is considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI, citing recent incidents in which American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted.

In a statement, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), said:

Muslim communities throughout the United States have made significant advances in promoting and contributing to a fair, free and pluralistic society.

Through civil rights advocacy, civic and political engagement, and the promotion of dialogue with interfaith leaders and law enforcement agencies, Muslim Americans continue to be a positive and stabilizing force in keeping our nation safe and secure from acts of violence and foreign threats.

Despite fear-mongering by a vocal minority, Muslim Americans are natural allies of law enforcement agencies in ensuring the wellbeing of our nation. Muslims are law-abiding and productive citizens who uphold the democratic principles of freedom, equality and justice.

Yet recent incidents targeting American Muslims lead us to consider suspending ongoing outreach efforts with the FBI.

In California, the FBI sent a convicted criminal to pose as an agents provocateurs in several of that state�s mosques. An FBI agent allegedly told one of the mosque attendees that the agency would make his life a "living hell" if he did not become an informant.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) wrote in a recent statement, headlined �FBI Losing Partnership with American Muslim Community� - �Trust is the cornerstone of any partnership between law enforcement and communities. It can only be established and maintained through clear and open communication. Without this, trust is eroded and suspicions arise on all sides. This clearly does not serve anyone's interests�It is now up to the FBI and law enforcement agencies to re-engage with the Muslim American community, and re-build trust and respect.�

See: FBI Losing Partnership with American Muslim Community

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=793 

Early last fall, the FBI began a disengagement campaign in its relations with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation�s largest and most respected Muslim civil rights organization. The FBI suspended contacts with CAIR pending the resolution of unspecified �issues.�  

In response, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella organization of many Muslim groups, suspended outreach to the FBI in February. The council�s letter to the FBI stated in part:  

�Our commitment to ensuring the rights, interests, and prosperity of American Muslims and all Americans is unconditional. We hope the FBI will have the foresight to restore its relationship with such a vital link to the American Muslim community.�

See: http://www.shuracouncil.org/images/special/onlineDocs/Shura-DOJ_Re_CAIR_Feb2009.pdf 

We believe the FBI�s unjustified actions are based on the May 2007 designation of some 300 groups and individuals, including several major American Muslim groups such as CAIR, the Islamic society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), as �unindicted co-conspirators� (UCC) in conjunction with the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, Texas.

Making this unjust designation public violates the Justice Department�s own guidelines and wrongly implies that those listed are somehow involved in criminal activity. 

Bias and faulty premises dominated post-9/11 law enforcement analysis of the Muslim community and the threat assessment to national security. The waning days of the previous administration witnessed a flourishing of anti-Muslim activity. 

There is even inter-agency information being disseminated that claims civil rights advocacy is part of a Muslim conspiracy to implement Shari�a law in order to destroy the United States. Recent government actions seemed to be based on this bizarre premise. 

These McCarthy-era tactics are detrimental to a free society.

The credibility of all Muslim organizations who maintain ties to the FBI that do not react decisively is undermined in the eyes of the community. Our fear is that counter-intelligence programs are quelling lawful dissent. 

What is most frightening is that FBI abuses are no longer covert, and are slowly being integrated into the already expansive laws regulating law enforcement activity.  

Internationally, in light of President Obama�s initiative of dialogue with the Muslim world, such actions negatively impact U.S. interests. 

If the FBI does not accord fair and equitable treatment to every American Muslim organization, including CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, then Muslim organizations, mosques and individuals will have no choice but to consider suspending all outreach activities with FBI offices, agents and other personnel. This possible suspension, of course, would in no way affect our unshakable duty to report crimes or threats of violence to our nation. 

We call on the FBI to reassess its positions on profiling and the use of informants as agents provocateurs within the Muslim communities. We further request objective evaluation of the sources of information and analysis utilized to formulate decisions.  

Notwithstanding such requests, we call on Muslim organizations and individuals to petition their elected representatives to hold hearings to address these grave matters of concern to the Muslim community.  

We fully expect that the President�s calls for inclusion will not be derailed by irresponsible elements in and outside of government fomenting anti-Muslim bias in this great nation.

- END -

Signatories to this statement include:

ORGANIZATIONS

1.      American Muslim Alliance (AMA)

2.      American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

3.      Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

4.      Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC)

5.      Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

6.      Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)

7.      MAS Freedom (MASF)

8.      Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N)

9.      Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)

10.  United Muslims of America (UMA)

11.  American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA)

12.  Islamic Center of Inland Empire (ICIE)

13.  American Muslims of Puget Sound

14.  Ummaa Broadcasting

15.  Islamic Society of Annapolis

16.  Muslim Voters of America – Illinois

17.  Interfaith Freedom Foundation

18.  AbuBakar As-Saddique Islamic Center- Minneapolis, Minnesota

19.  Islamic Center of Old Bridge- Keyport, NJ

20.  Muslim Students' Association, West

21.  Ar-Rahman Foundation Inc. – Manhattan, NY

22.  Muslim Legal Fund of America, Inc.

23.  Islamic Society of Corona-Norco (ISCN)

24.  National Immigrant Solidarity Network

25.  The Islamic Center of Riverside (ICR)

26.  West Coast Islamic Society (WCIS)   

27. Islamic Organization of North America (IONA)

28. Pakistan American National Alliance

29. Propagacion Islamica Para La Educacion e La Devocion a Ala' El Divino (PIEDAD)

30.Orange County Peace Coalition

31. Peace and Justice Foundation

32. Muslim Voters of America

33. Masjid Al Islam

34. Coordinating Council of Muslim Organization's in Greater Washington D.C.

35. Independence Democracy Empowerment Accountability (IDEA- PAC)

36. The Propagation Congregation

37. Colorado Muslim Council

38. Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

39. Muslim Student Union, UC Irvine

40. Give Peace a Chance Coalition

41.Islamic Civic Engagement Coalition

42. National Lawyers Guild

43. Pakistan News

44. Muslim Consultative Network (MCN)

45. Islamic Center of Wilmington, N.C.

46. Muslim United for Justice & Peace

SCHOLARS

  1. Prof Ali Mazrui
  2. Prof. John Esposito
  3. Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni
  4. Prof. Charles Butterworth
  5. Prof. Fawzia Afzal-Khan
  6. Prof. Hatem Bazian
  7. Prof. Peter Erlinder
  8. Prof. Asad Busool
  9. Prof. Sulyman Nyang
  10. Prof. Mahmoud Elsayess
  11. Prof. Saad Ibrahim

COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS

  1. Hon. Ramsey Clarke
  2. Hon. Mike Gravel
  3. Hon. Paul Findley
  4. Hon. Pete McCloskey
  5. Dawud Williams
  6. Brian Hoff
  7. Mariama Burton
  8. Mohamed Dadabhoy
  9. Ahmed Isa
  10. Lauren Brightwell
  11. Obaid Achekzai
  12. Mustaqim Syed
  13. Fatma Elashmawi
  14. Hazem Ibrahim
  15. Zack Jalanbo
  16. Rima Arafeh
  17. Rebeca Hernandez
  18. Asma Hanif
  19. Khadijah Rivera
  20. Shadi Muhammad
  21. Amin AbuAmara
  22. Mohamad Shafi
  23. Saif Hussain
  24. Mikal Akhtab
  25. Shujah Khan
  26. Nasir Abdur-Rahim
  27. Dr. Mohammad Toor
  28. Bahri Aliriza
  29. Honey Shekarchi Baluch
  30. Thomas Michel Tom
  31. Suhaib Alzubi
  32. Dennis Cobbins
  33. Nasser Alameddin
  34. Sharon Tipton
  35. B. Nimri Aziz
  36. Jamil Chaudri
  37. Mustafa Khan
  38. Taher Rasheed
  39. Shahnawaz Saigal
  40. Rami Aweti
  41. Arshad Ameen
  42. Sam Beck
  43. Shane Yoder
  44. Maura Yasin
  45. Fazle Tiwana
  46. Afzal Ahmed
  47. Shakil Zaman
  48. Said Goueli
  49. Thomas Michel
  50.  mahmoud Abutair
  51. Zohra Siddiqi
  52. Saad Khattabi
  53. Jennie Alkhalafat
  54. Sam Miller
  55. Hussam Ayloush
  56. Arefa S
  57. Isam Zaiem
  58. Asem Abusir
  59. Mauri Saalakhan
  60. Julia A. Shearson
  61. Lobna Hewedi
  62. M. Shafi Chaudry
  63. Mujeeb Khan
  64. Lori Saroya
  65. Ahmad Al-Akhras
  66. Celeste Snyder
  67. Ghayth Kashif
  68. Mustafaa Carroll
  69. Mohammed Aslam
  70. Deeba Sultani
  71. Ugas Jillaow
  72. Muhammad Khattak
  73. Shams Rehman
  74. Saad Mohammad
  75. Ahmed Mohamed Hussein
  76. Syed Wajahat
  77. Javed Alam
  78. Mukhtaar Mujahid
  79. Imran Khan
  80. Asim Mohammad
  81. Taneeza Islam
  82. Mohammad Mansour
  83. Karen Dabdoub
  84. Sumayya Khatib
  85. Sherrel Johnson
  86. Sharaf Mowjood
  87. Muhammed Kamal
  88. Ramzy Kilic
  89. Numair Alani
  90. Edgar Hopida
  91. Fuad Limani
  92. Homayoun Khajavi
  93. Debra V. Wilson
  94. Ashraf Ibrahim
  95. Michael Gipson
  96. Syed Bukhari
  97. Sharon Peterson
  98. Nabil Elbaz
  99. Mahmoud Charif
  100. Sayed Sabek
  101. Abdul Majid
  102. Bilal Yasin El-Amin
  103. Taj Ashaheed
  104. Chris Burke
  105. Mohideen Khader
  106. Aly Mohamed
  107. Jahan Z
  108. Borhan Khatib
  109. Laurie Jaghlit
  110. David J. Sanders
  111. Abdul Karim
  112. Saleem Toor
  113. Sister Ruhina
  114. Sally Howell
  115. Omar Zarka
  116. Johnny Kakar
  117. Mohammad Rahman
  118. Ernest Assel
  119. Zeshan Mustafa
  120. Walker Peterson
  121. Yasmin Awad
  122. Faisal Siddiqi
  123. Hodari Abdul-Ali
  124. Jafar Siddiqui
  125. Zia Islam
  126. Janice Tufte
  127. Abdourahmane Thiam
  128. Nurjunaidah Pare (Binti Abdullah)
  129. Melinda Niekum
  130. Mohammad Younis
  131. Sener Akturk
  132. Abida Rahmani
  133. Ernest Assel
  134. Fatih Ramazanoglu
  135. Mehmet Cevi
  136. Muhammad Afzal
  137. Mujeeb Lodhi
  138. Uzan Mustafa
  139. Sharissa Sakcriska
  140. Mohammed Khalili
  141. Baseer Ahmad
  142. Deborah Gordon
  143. Ernest Assel
  144. Bassam Mansour
  145. Sameer Parmar
  146. Razi Hashmi
  147. Amadu M. Turay
  148. Neal Koni
  149. Bahaadur AbdulAhad


To add your name, organization, mosque or Islamic center as a signatory to this statement, 
click here or e-mail  bestusa80@hotmail.com.