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CAIR-GA: Muslim Veteran Appeals DHS Lawsuit Dismissal

(ATLANTA GA, 8/30/07) – The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today announced that a Muslim from that state who sued the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an erroneous classification as a “national security threat” will appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit.

Bilal Mahmud, a US Citizen and Vietnam veteran, claims in his suit that, in July 2004, the DHS mistakenly labeled him a threat to national security and revoked his commercial hazardous driver’s license, thereby destroying his career.

The DHS has since acknowledged its mistake, saying it had made an error in classifying Mahmud as a threat to national security.

Before losing his commercial hazardous driver’s license, Mahmud was an employee of Old Dominion Freight Line for 20 years, during which time he was never disciplined or reprimanded in any manner.

On August 24, 2006, Mahmud filed suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta Division) requesting a trail by jury in his case against the DHS. On June 19, 2007, the federal court dismissed Mahmud’s lawsuit, holding that the law did not provide any remedy for damages as a result of the action taken by DHS.

Mahmud has appealed this ruling; the court has asked both sides to attempt voluntary non-binding mediation and scheduled for September 21, 2007.

“If allowed to stand, this ruling could affect the rights of thousands of Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in the United States,” said CAIR-GA President Yusof Burke. “Mr. Mahmud has served his country with distinction and is only seeking fair treatment.&rdquo

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-GA President Yusof Burke, Tel: 770-220-0082, Email:


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