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Daniel Pipes ‘Encouraged’ by Growing Anti-Muslim Bias


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/28/04) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today called on the Bush administration to repudiate the published
views of a presidential appointee who says he is “encouraged” by a
recently-released study indicating that 44 percent of Americans would
curtail the civil liberties of American Muslims.

Daniel Pipes, who was appointed by President Bush to the board of the
United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in 2003 and is considered by many
Muslims to be the nation’s leading Islamophobe, wrote that the results of
the Cornell University study reflect his own beliefs that “government
authorities should direct special attention toward Muslims living in the
United States, either by registering their whereabouts, profiling them,
monitoring their mosques, or infiltrating their organizations.”

(President Bush bypassed strong Senate opposition to Pipes’ nomination by
using a “recess appointment” to place him on the USIP board. Pipes’ term on
the USIP board, which was shortened by the need for a recess appointment,
recently expired.)

In his syndicated column, Pipes blames “Leftists and Islamist” groups and
“radical groups” like the ACLU for “intimidating” the public into rejecting
“self-evident defensive measures” targeting American Muslims. He concludes
by agreeing that “governments should take into account nationality,
ethnicity, and religious affiliation in their homeland security policies.”

Mocking the “supposed horrors of internment,” Pipes claims the mass
round-up of Japanese-Americans during World War II resulted from
“legitimate national security concerns.” (In the past, when Pipes was
questioned about his views on internment, he claimed to not have enough
information on the subject to formulate an opinion.)

SEE: “Why the Japanese Internment Still Matters”\Commentary\archive\200412\COM20041227b.html

SEE ALSO: “44 Percent of Americans Queried in Cornell National Poll Favor
Curtailing Some Liberties for Muslim Americans”

In his previous writings, Pipes not only refused to condemn the internment
of Japanese-Americans, he seemed to suggest that violence against foreign
nationals in Iraq could be curbed by attacks on Muslims in the home
countries of the victims, suggested that Israel ‘raze’ Palestinian
villages, decried positive portrayals of Islamic history and beliefs in
public schools, claimed 10 to 15 percent of all Muslims are “potential
killers,” compared American Muslim voter registration drives to those of
the Communist Party USA, and spoke against the enfranchisement of American
Muslims, saying they pose ‘true dangers’ to our society.

Pipes also launched Campus Watch, a web site that included “dossiers” on
professors and academic institutions thought to be too critical of Israel
or too sympathetic to Islam and Muslims. He opposed the president’s
repeated statements that Islam is a religion of peace and claimed to have a
special mental “filter” with which he can detect those who want to “create
a Muslim state in America.”

Ironically, Pipes even attacked the USIP for hosting Muslim speakers that
he did not approve of, despite the fact that he himself supports
Mujahedeen-e Khalq, a group designated as terrorist by the State Department.

“President Bush should disassociate his administration from such extremist
and bigoted views,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “It was wrong
to target Japanese-Americans in World War II, and it is wrong today to
target American Muslims because of their faith or ethnicity.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 30 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance 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: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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