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Urge Congress to investigate Iraq torture

Urge Congress to investigate Iraq torture

CAIR today called for a congressional investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Reprimands given to a handful of soldiers involved in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners were also criticized as a "slap on the wrist" that shows military authorities are incapable of dealing with an issue that may have already caused irreparable harm to America's image in the Muslim world.

"Instead of getting a slap on the wrist, everyone who took part in or permitted these horrific acts needs to serve time in prison," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "This scandal must be investigated by Congress to determine the true extent of the abuse and to learn whether the abuses were in fact part of a widespread pattern of human rights violations in U.S. detention facilities worldwide."

Awad said U.S. prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay must be opened to international inspectors and to Red Cross and Red Crescent officials. He added that there have been persistent reports of prison abuses that have largely been ignored by government officials. Following a briefing today with Pentagon officials, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) said he feared allegations made public so far are "the beginning rather than the end." "There were some incidents in Afghanistan," said Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Last week, CBS broadcast images showing Iraqis prisoners being tormented by their U.S. captors. An internal military report determined that the prisoners were subjected to "sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses." Since those initial allegations have been reported worldwide, more former prisoners have come forward to allege inhumane treatment by U.S. and British troops throughout Iraq. SEE: "TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB," http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?040510fa_fact

Immediate Acttion Requested: (As always, be firm but POLITE.)

1) Contact Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) and Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI) and urge them to hold a congressional investigation into torture of prisoners by American military personnel in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and urged international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.

Contact:
Chairman John Warner (R-VA)
Address: 228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

Ranking Member Carl Levin (D-MI)
228 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3871
Fax: (202) 228-0037

2) Contact other members of the Senate and House Armed Services committees and ask them to investigate incidents of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American military personnel. Visit Capwiz at http://www.capwiz.com/cair for additional contact info.

CAIR's 'Not in the name of Islam' Petition

CAIR's 'Not in the name of Islam' Petition

CAIR today launched an online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.

The petition CAIR’s web site (www.cair.com), called “Not in the Name of Islam,” allows Muslims around the world to help correct misperceptions of Islam and the Islamic stance on religiously-motivated terror.

The “Not in the Name of Islam” petition states: “We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.

“As it states in the Quran: 'Oh you who believe, stand up firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even if it be against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be against rich or poor; for God can best protect both. Do not follow any passion, lest you not be just. And if you distort or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that you do.’” (Quran 4:135)

CAIR’s petition drive comes following the videotaped beheading of an American civilian in Iraq that shocked television viewers worldwide. A CAIR commentary published today in a number of newspapers nationwide reinforces the point that Islam should not be associated with terrorism.

“We hope this effort will demonstrate once and for all that Muslims in America and throughout the Islamic world reject violence committed in the name of Islam,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. “People of all faiths must do whatever they can to help end the downward spiral of mutual hostility and hatred that is engulfing our world."

Immediate Action Requested:

  1. Encourage local mosques and Islamic organizations to endorse the “Not in the Name of Islam” petition and have their members go online to sign.
  2. Promote the petition in Friday khutbas and other gatherings.
  3. Send statements endorsing the petition to local media through letters to the editor or editorials. (Local communities could even hold news conference. Ask CAIR for advice.)
  4. Distribute the petition action alert to friends, relatives and co-workers through personal e-mail lists.
  5. Encouraging Muslim websites to link to the petition.Publish the petition action alert in Muslim media outlets.

Urge President Bush to condemn Israeli War Crimes

Urge President Bush to condemn Israeli War Crimes

CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to urge President Bush and other elected officials to end the United States' "servile stance toward Israel's war crimes" in the Gaza Strip after at least 10 unarmed Palestinian protesters, all children and teenagers, were massacred on Wednesday according to various media reports.

CAIR said the president's uncritical support for Israeli brutality in Gaza sends the message that his repeated demands for democracy and the protection of human rights in the Middle East are disingenuous.

In a statement issued today, CAIR said:

"In his speech this week before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), President Bush devoted just one sentence to Israel's ongoing destruction of Palestinian lives and property in Gaza. He called Israeli home demolitions and the killing of civilians 'troubling.' Amnesty International used another more appropriate term: 'war crimes.'

"But such lukewarm American reaction to Israeli brutality is no longer news to people in Europe, the Middle East or the Muslim world. For decades, they have seen America subordinate its own international interests to the political whims of a foreign government engaged in a devastating military occupation of another people.

"Our servile stance toward Israel's war crimes contradicts repeated claims that America is the defender of human rights, democracy and freedom in the Muslim world. How can we claim to promote freedom in the Middle East when we deny it to the Palestinian people? How can we claim to demand respect for human rights around the world when we turn a blind eye to Israeli rights violations? How can we claim to fight all forms of terrorism when we give tacit approval to Israeli state terror?

"America's image in the Muslim world will never improve until we put forward foreign policies that apply one standard of justice for all nations, not just for those that have a powerful domestic lobby."

Action Requested: (As always, be POLITE.)
  1. Contact the White House at 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111 to demand that the president condemn Israeli's war crimes in Gaza

  2. Contact the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House International Relations Committee.

    Senate: Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-4651
    Ranking Joseph Biden (D-DE) (202) 224-3953
    House: Chairman Henry Hyde (R-IL) (202) 225-5021
    Ranking Tom Lantos (D-CA) (202) 225-6735

  3. Go to http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/ to e-mail the president and your elected representatives.

  4. Write editorials and letters to your local newspaper using the talking points provided in this alert.

  5. Encourage other civic and interfaith organizations to condemn the war crimes committed by Israel's government via press statements or joint press conferences.

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