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CAIR: Indiana Muslim Trucker’s Hazmat Rights Restored

WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced that an Indiana Muslim truck diver’s right to haul hazardous materials has been restored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after an eight-month effort.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the Muslim trucker, an American citizen who lives in Indianapolis, received an “Initial Notification of Threat Assessment” last July claiming he posed a security threat and making him ineligible to handle hazardous materials. (He became a truck driver in 1996, and shortly thereafter obtained a hazardous materials endorsement.)

CAIR contacted the TSA to request justification for the revocation of the hazardous materials endorsement. In a letter to the TSA, CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar stated: “[The driver] avers that the TSA has no basis to consider him a threat except for the fact that he is an Arab and a Muslim.”

This week, TSA officials issued a letter telling the driver he does not pose a security threat and advising the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate his hazardous materials endorsement. No reason was given for the TSA’s previous actions.

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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

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