- U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to hold nomination hearing tomorrow at 9:30 A.M.
- Ten Democratic committee members have already vowed to oppose Tata’s nomination
(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/29/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee urging that they vote “NO” during tomorrow’s 9:30 A.M. nomination hearing for anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Retired Army Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata to the position of undersecretary of defense for policy.
The statement has been submitted for the nomination hearing’s committee record.
READ: CAIR’s Letter Urging “NO” Vote on Anti-Muslim Pentagon Nominee Anthony Tata
CAIR’s opposition to Tata’s nomination is based on his long history of espousing Islamophobic and anti-Muslim views, in addition to his promotion on social media of bizarre and unhinged political conspiracy theories targeting members of the Obama administration.
“A vote in support of Tata’s nomination would be a clear endorsement of his anti-Muslim views and discredited conspiracy theories. A vote against Tata’s nomination would be a clear sign that hate has no place in the U.S. government,” wrote CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw in his letter to the committee.
McCaw noted that CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and the Trump administration’s xenophobic, Islamophobic, white supremacist, and racist policies and appointments.
In April, CAIR called on members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services to reject President Trump’s then reported nomination of anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Anthony J. Tata to the position of undersecretary of defense for policy.
In his 2019 novel “Double Crossfire,” Tata promotes the right-wing, white supremacist, and anti-Muslim conspiracy theory that Muslims in Europe engage in sex crimes that are covered up by the media and politicians. In his book “Double Crossfire,” Tata writes:
“Islamic ‘grooming’” is “a rite of passage for young Muslim men in Great Britain” in which “young men were gang-raping British women as part of their transition to manhood.”
“The rising tide of Islam in Europe had seeped into the historically secular governments, and their collective media now forbade any speech against Islamic crimes.”
CAIR notes, these far-right conspiracy theories are used as a recruiting tool by white supremacist groups in the U.K and Europe.
In 2018, following a terrorist attack in Strasbourg, France, Tata told FOX News “there is intent to harm Western society by Islam” and “it’s a truism that has to be built into policy so we can strengthen our borders.”
During that same interview, Tata claimed Muslim immigration has disrupted European society: “this immigration policy of France and all of Europe with all the [Muslim] refugees that they have allowed in, millions that they allowed in have disrupted societies all throughout Europe and it’s not a good thing and they got to get control of it.”
Two weeks ago, CAIR renewed its call on members of the committee to oppose Tata’s nomination following reports in the media that Trump has ordered the Department of Defense to hire disgraced anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists and fired National Security Council aide Richard Higgins as chief of staff to the undersecretary of defense for policy – in anticipation of serving under Tata.
CAIR is America’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.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.