GROUP (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today thanked the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for “swift and professional” actions that led to the arrest of an Illinois man who allegedly threatened to bomb the group’s Capitol Hill headquarters. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest earlier today of Max L. Oakley, 50, of Toledo, Ill. Oakley allegedly sent e-mailed threats claiming that he would bomb CAIR’s Washington, D.C., office and American mosques unless the civil rights and advocacy group made a public announcement that it was ceasing operations. (See the Department of Justice news release below.) “We wish to thank the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department for their swift and professional actions in helping to apprehend the alleged perpetrator,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
“This arrest will send a clear message to Islamophobic bigots that intimidation of American Muslims and threats against their institutions will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted vigorously.” Awad added that those who incite anti-Muslim hatred in our society bear a degree of responsibility for the inevitable consequences of their inflammatory rhetoric. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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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U.S. Department of Justice
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