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CAIR-St. Louis Welcomes University’s Decision Not to Hire Gitmo Psychologist

(COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, 2/18/13) – The St. Louis chapter on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) today welcomed the University of Missouri College of Education's decision not to hire Dr. Larry James as division executive director.

CAIR-St. Louis led an effort, along with the Muslim Student Organization (MSO) and a group of university faculty and students, to raise concerns about the controversial military psychologist who worked at both Guantanamo and Abu Graib prisons.

SEE: CAIR-St. Louis Says Gitmo Doc an Unsuitable Candidate

SEE ALSO: Search Halted for MU Position Sought by Larry James

“We are very pleased with the University's decision to not proceed with his hiring,” said Faizan Syed executive director of CAIR-St. Louis. “They have set an example for the student body, the faculty, the community, and other universities by standing by their principles of respect and integrity.”

Aamer Trambu, a student activist of the MSO, said, “I'm proud to call myself a student at this university and know that whoever they will end up hiring will be qualified for the job.”

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-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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