(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/2015) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to urge the committee to oppose the advancement of a House-approved bill that would revoke or deny passports of American citizens accused of having “links” to foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) without actually being charged with any criminal wrongdoing or given the opportunity to meaningfully challenge such a designation administratively or in court.
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Sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe (TX-R), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, the FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2015 (H.R. 237) was approved in the U.S. House on Tuesday by a voice vote and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations for further consideration.
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Discovery in UK Offers Opportunity to 'Share the Quran'
Earliest fragments re-confirm unchanged nature of the holy text
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/23/15) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today cited a discovery of what may be the earliest fragments of the Quran as an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to increase their understanding of the holy text and to challenge growing Islamophobia.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham say the fragments, part of Sura Taha, may have been transcribed by a contemporary of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
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Senate Adopts McCain-Feinstein Torture Ban
Today the U.S. Senate adopted by a vote of 78-21 the McCain-Feinstein torture ban that would bar CIA torture techniques and force the government's interrogation program out of the shadows. In a final push to support the amendment, CAIR issued an action alert yesterday calling on Senators to support the ban as torture is not an American value.
Introduced last week by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ.) and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the bipartisan amendment (S.AMDT.1889) titled "To reaffirm the prohibition on torture" would modify the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (H.R.1735 ) to limit U.S. government interrogation techniques only to the Amy Field Manual.
If signed into law, the National Defense Authorization Act will end the CIA's use of the simulated drowning technique called "water-boarding," stress positions, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation, and violent enemas and forced rectal feeding (proven to have no medical benefits). It would also require that the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to anyone detained by the U.S. thus ending the government's secret prison program.
“Torture is not an American value and the Senate has listened to the American people and reaffirmed that fact,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “As a nation, we momentarily lost our way in relying on torture in the face of terror and uncertainty, but are now more aware of how wrong torture is after having witnessed what terrible actions were committed in our name.”