(Los Angeles, California, 10/25/21) – On Wednesday, Oct. 27, plaintiffs, lawyers, and Muslim leaders that uncovered an informant and filed a lawsuit against the FBI in 2011 will speak at a journalist background briefing ahead of oral arguments scheduled for Nov. 8, 2021, in the Supreme Court case FBI v. Fazaga.
Co-sponsors: CAIR National, ACLU, UCLA Law’s Center for Immigration Law and Policy
In the case, an FBI informant used a public “conversion” to Islam as a tactic to gain the trust of the local Muslim community. The plaintiffs are challenging the FBI’s secret spying on them and their communities based on their religion, in violation of the Constitution and federal law. In what will likely be a landmark case, the plaintiffs — Yassir Fazaga, Ali Uddin Malik, and Yasser AbdelRahim — insist that the FBI cannot escape accountability for violating their religious freedom by invoking “state secrets.”
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Journalist background briefing on landmark Supreme Court case FBI v. Fazaga
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
12 pm ET / 9 am PT
- Hussam Ayloush – Executive Director, CAIR-Los Angeles
- Ahilan Arulanantham – Faculty Co-Director, UCLA Law Center for Immigration Law and Policy
- Patrick Toomey – Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
- Ali Malik – Plaintiff in the case
- Yasser AbdelRahim – Plaintiff in the case
- Sheikh Yassir Fazaga – Plaintiff in the case
Media will have an opportunity to interview speakers following their introductory remarks.
CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR-LA Social & Digital Media Manager Enjy El-Kadi, 714-851-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org