U.S. Muslim Leaders Call for Release of Journalist in Iraq


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. MUSLIM LEADERS CALL FOR RELEASE OF JOURNALIST IN IRAQ

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today issued a joint statement by dozens of American Muslim leaders, scholars and organizations* calling for the release of journalist Jill Carroll who was abducted recently in Iraq while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

The joint declaration, coordinated by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), states:

“We, the undersigned representatives of the American Muslim community, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Jill Carroll, a journalist with a well-documented record of objective reporting and respect for both the Iraqi people and Arab-Islamic culture.

“We ask that her captors show mercy and compassion by releasing her so that she may return to her family. Certainly, no cause can be advanced by harming a person who only sought to let the world know about the human suffering caused by the conflict in Iraq.”

Carroll’s kidnappers threaten to kill her by Friday unless U.S. military authorities release all Iraqi women in their custody. (Iraqi officials say that six of the eight women being held by coalition forces in Iraq will be released.)

A CAIR delegation is on its way to Iraq to make a public appeal for Carroll’s release. The delegation will hold an initial news conference today in Amman, Jordan. A second news conference will be held in Baghdad on Friday.

SEE: American Islamic Group Heads to Middle East to Plead for Journalist's Release
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1519995

Earlier today, CAIR held a news conference in Michigan, Carroll's home state, at which local Muslim leaders called for her immediate release.

SEE: Michigan Group Appeals for Release of Kidnapped Journalist
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/13663281.htm

“We hope that the combined efforts of all those who are concerned about Ms. Carroll’s safety will result in her immediate and unconditional release,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “The American Muslim community is committed to doing its part in helping to win her freedom.”

In December, CAIR held a news conference at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams also taken hostage in Iraq.

In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive, called "Not in the Name of Islam," designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. (SEE: http://cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1071&theType=NR ) Millions of American television viewers have seen CAIR's public service announcement (PSA), based on the petition drive. (To view the PSA, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram )

Last year, CAIR coordinated the release of a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by hundreds of U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. SEE: http://cair.com/FatwaJuly2005.pdf

CAIR has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

* PARTIAL LIST OF STATEMENT SIGNATORIES: (More names are being added. To add your name or that of your organization to the list, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

* Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Director of The Mosque Cares
* Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman Shura Council of Southern California
* Sayyid M. Syeed, Ph.D., Secretary General, Islamic Society of North
* America (ISNA)
* Imam Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini, Founder and Director of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County, California
* Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
* American Muslim Association of North America
* Asma Hanif, Chairperson, Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations of Greater Washington Area
* Imam Mohamed Magid, Imam and Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
* Rizwan Jaka, President, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
* Sheikh Mohammed Alhanooti, Mufti of Washington, D.C.
* Dr. Ahmed Sakr, Director of the Islamic Education Center
* Imam Zaid Malik, Islamic Center of Northeast Florida
* Shaykh Mohammad Ali Al-Halabi, Al-Mahdi Library
* Imam Waleed Basyouni, Clearlake Islamic Center, Houston, TX
* Mukit Hossain, President, Virginian Muslim Political Action Committee
* American Muslim Center, Dearborn, MI
* Imam Gary Al-Kasib, Masjid Wali Muhammad, Detroit, MI
* Samina F. Sundas, Executive Director, American Muslim Voice
* Ziad Taha, President, Islamic Community of Tampa
* Imam Haitham Barazanji, President, Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area
* Imam Dr. Muhammad Sultan, Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area
* Farouk Fakira, President, Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations
* Palm Beach Mosque
* Islamic Center of South Florida
* Miami Gardens Masjid
* Masjid Al-Ihsan
* Masjid An-Noor
* Nur Ul Islam
* Islamic Center of Boca Raton
* Islamic Jaffaria Association
* Masjid Shamsuddin
* Islamic Foundation of South Florida
* Masjid Al-Faizal
* Masjid Miami
* Masjid Jama Al Mumineen
* Masjid Al-Ansar
* Masjid Muttaqeen
* Masjid Al-Hijrah
* Masjid Al-Iman
* As-Salaam Center
* Masjid-al-Muslimiin
* Masjid Noor Ul-Huda
* Al-Huda Islamic Center, Athens, GA
* Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta
* Masjid Al-Hedaya, Marietta, GA
* Islamic Society of Augusta, GA
* Hadayai Majeed, 1000 Peace Women
* Islamic Center of Marietta, GA

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CAIR-AZ: Muslims Take Part in Diversity Luncheon


CAIR-AZ: Muslims Take Part in Diversity Luncheon

(PHOENIX, AZ, 1/17/05) - Representatives of the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) and local Muslim community members recently participated in a luncheon hosted by the Arizona Republic newspaper's Diversity Committee.

The Diversity Committee consists of staff members of the Arizona Republic who get together periodically for a brownbag lunch that features guest speakers.

Topics presented were Islam 101, Muslim Demographics, Muslims in Politics and Muslims in Arizona. The luncheon and presentations were followed by a Q&A session in which a healthy debate ensued.

Daniel Gonzalez, immigration reporter and coordinator of the event, said that the luncheon was the biggest turnout that the Diversity Committee has seen since its inception more than a year ago.

CONTACT: Nure Elatari (602) 312-2223, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Bushra Khan (602) 262-2247, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CAIR Sends Delegation to Iraq Seeking Journalist's Release


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAIR SENDS DELEGATION TO IRAQ SEEKING JOURNALIST'S RELEASE
Islamic civil rights group to hold news conference in Michigan, coordinates statement from U.S. Muslim leaders

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/2006) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced that it is sending a delegation to Iraq to call for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll who was abducted January 7th while on assignment for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.

Al-Jazeera yesterday aired a brief video from the hostage-takers showing Carroll and threatening to kill her within 72 hours unless U.S. military authorities released all Iraqi women in their custody.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that because of the short deadline, its delegation will hold an initial news conference late Thursday in Amman, Jordan, to make a public appeal to the kidnappers for Carroll's freedom. A second news conference will be held in Baghdad on Friday.

CAIR also announced that it will hold a news conference January 19th in Michigan, Carroll's home state, at which local Muslim leaders will also call for her immediate release.

WHAT: Michigan Muslims to Call for Release of U.S. Journalist Held in Iraq
WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 2006
FOR DETAILS, CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, 248-569-2203, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEE: Hostage Video Ignites Wide Call to Free Carroll
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0119/p01s01-woiq.html

According to the BBC, Iraqi officials now say that six of the eight women being held by coalition forces in Iraq will be released.

SEE: Iraq Detainees to be Freed Early
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4624716.stm

Along with the delegation to Iraq and the Michigan news conference, CAIR is also coordinating a joint appeal by national Muslim leaders for Carroll's safe return to her family.

Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement, which was translated into Arabic and distributed to Middle Eastern media outlets, calling for Carroll's "immediate and unconditional" release.

SEE: CAIR Calls For Release of U.S. Journalist in Iraq
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=1950&theType=NR

In December, CAIR held a news conference at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for the release of members of the Christian Peacemakers Teams also taken hostage in Iraq.

CAIR has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

CAIR Joins Legal Challenge To NSA Eavesdropping


In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

CAIR JOINS LEGAL CHALLENGE TO NSA EAVESDROPPING

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/2006) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced that it has joined a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a secret National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that targeted American citizens without court authorization.

The bipartisan lawsuit, filed in Detroit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), alleges that the NSA surveillance program violates the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution and the constitutional separation of powers because it was authorized by President Bush in excess of his executive authority. It also seeks a court order to bring the program to an end.

SEE: Two Groups Plan Lawsuits Over Federal Eavesdropping
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/17/politics/17nsa.html

SEE ALSO: Lawsuits Seek to Block Bush's Domestic Eavesdropping Program
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/manhattan/nyc-spy0117,0,5902949.story

NSA Lawsuit - Stop Illegal Surveillance
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/nsaspying/index.html

“The First and Fourth Amendment protections of free speech and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizure are hallmarks of the Constitution that should not be tossed aside so casually by any branch of our government,” said CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed. “CAIR joined this lawsuit to protect the legal foundation of America and the civil rights of all its citizens.”

He cited a national media report today that even FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, “raised concerns about the legal rationale for a program of eavesdropping without warrants.”

SEE: Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/17/politics/17spy.html

Yesterday, former Vice President Al Gore called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the NSA wiretapping program.

SEE: Gore: Resist Bush's 'Excessive Power Grab'
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/01/16/gore.constitution/index.html

Ahmed also noted that the NSA surveillance program chills efforts by the American Muslim community to build bridges of understanding between the United States and the Islamic world.

As the ACLU lawsuit states: “[M]embers of the American Muslim community, many of whom are members of CAIR, are engaged in efforts of commerce, education and social services with individuals and institutions in the Muslim world. The work of the American Muslim community in being able to engage freely in commerce, education and social services in the Muslim world is a vital part of building bridges between America and the Muslim world and thus, is integral to America’s national security and vital interests.”

The plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit include CAIR, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, award-winning author James Bamford, Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, author Christopher Hitchens, American Prospect Senior Editor Tara McKelvey, and Barnett Rubin, a senior fellow at the New York University Center on International Cooperation.

In December, CAIR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all government records relating to President Bush’s post-9/11 executive orders authorizing electronic surveillance of Americans and others in the United States without first obtaining court approval, as required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787 or 202-415-0799, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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