(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge’s ruling that the Bush administration illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of a Muslim charity and two attorneys.
U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday that the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and attorneys Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor provided evidence that “they were subjected to warrantless electronic surveillance.”
SEE: Judge: Feds Illegally Wiretapped Islamic Charity
“This ruling is one of many steps toward the full restoration of civil liberties and constitutional protections in the post-9/11 era,” said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. “The true test of any democracy is its ability to maintain basic legal rights, even in times of national crisis.”
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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