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Former Commander of Abu-Ghraib Addresses CAIR-Ohio Banquet

(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/4/06) – On April 30, the Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO) held its Fourth Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, with the theme “Upholding the Truth and Defending the Constitution.”

Janis Karpinski, former US Army commanding general of Abu Ghraib, was a keynote speaker. The event marked the first time Karpinski had addressed an American Muslim audience. Captain James Yee, former military Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, discussed his experiences and his book For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire. Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C. explained his organization’s work to protect the privacy rights of ordinary Americans. CAIR-OHIO President, Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, discussed the challenges facing American Muslims and the need for perseverance during difficult times.

The event helped highlight important American constitutional values such as the right to privacy, the right to due process, and the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. “Our civil rights theme clearly resonated with the wider public, and we were pleased with the turnout,” said Isam Zaiem, CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland office chairman. Over 500 people attended the banquet including numerous elected officials and political candidates.

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail: cleveland@cair-ohio.com; Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, 614-560-0272, E-mail: asma@cair-ohio.com.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 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.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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