(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/14) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on President Obama to immediately end the government's bulk collection of citizens' telephone and internet metadata.
CAIR additionally expressed concern over the NSA's domestic collection of citizen call records by forcing telephone providers to gather and store large volumes of records over longer periods of time.
In a statement prior to the president's address this morning on the issue, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"There are legitimate concerns about the government, private corporations or third parties retaining citizen communications over long periods of time, and these concerns need to be addressed by policymakers. The government's dragnet surveillance of citizens' telephone and internet metadata should end immediately."
Awad noted that CAIR has supported restoring the privacy rights of all citizens with the introduction of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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 Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-488-8787, 202-742-6448, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, [email protected]