In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NY/MN/AZ: DEATH THREAT TARGETS IMAMS CASE ATTORNEY, PLAINTIFFS
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/5/07) – The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that a “terror” threat has been received by the New York lawyer for six imams, or Islamic religious leaders, suing US Airways over allegations of religious profiling during an incident last fall in Minnesota.
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The letter sent to attorney Omar T. Mohammedi first outlines the sender’s opposition to the lawsuit, and then states in part:
“We have located the residences and identified the families of all parties (the plaintiffs and you). . .We plan, at random, to start systematically killing the people on our list if this suit proceeds. You, personally, have been identified as the prize kill. It is our belief that terrorists like you should understand the true meaning of terror.”
The letter, addressed to “Mr Omar Mohammedi, Raghead” and signed “American Jihad,” states that CAIR and ACLU officials will also be targeted. FBI and NYPD officials have been notified of the threat.
“Any time a threat of violence is designed to achieve a political goal, it should be classified as an act of terror,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We ask local, state and national law enforcement authorities to treat this as a terror threat and act accordingly.”
CAIR has recently received a number of death threats targeting its representatives in Washington, D.C., Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. The FBI is looking into those threats.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.
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