(COLUMBUS, OH, 3/27/08) – The Columbus chapter of CAIR-Ohio recently hosted representatives of the FBI’s Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) program at a town hall meeting with the local Muslim community.
The CREST program event was designed to improve understanding between the FBI and the Muslim community through the exchange of information. CREST also offers an opportunity to “learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI.”
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At the weekend event in Columbus, FBI Agents presented on the topics of counterterrorism and civil rights.
Keith Bennett, FBI Special Agent in Charge for the Southern District of Ohio, explained how the priorities of the FBI have shifted since the 9/11 attacks, with terrorism investigations now taking center stage.
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Robert Behlen Jr. refuted what he said was the common misperception that the legal standard for charging people with crimes involving terrorism has been lowered in the last several years.
“This valuable program gave our community the chance to ask questions and get accurate information directly from the FBI,” said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer. “I believe it was a great opportunity for both the Muslim community and the FBI to dispel stereotypes.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-Ohio President Asma Mobin-Uddin, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: email@example.com