(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/18/05) – A Nevada man has pleaded guilty to a federal
civil rights violation resulting from threatening e-mail messages he sent
to a prominent Washington-based Islamic advocacy group.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) received the e-mailed
threats in 2003 from an insurance broker in Reno, Nev. One e-mail stated:
“We can deal with you easily especially because you are on our soil. You
have taught us much about terrorism so get ready to be the receiver.”
Another message said: “You are making a lot of people angry and you idiots
are sitting ducks.”
Under the plea agreement, the man will serve one year’s probation and must
perform 50 hours of community service for “interfering with federally
protected activities.” (18 USC 245[b])
“Threats of physical violence, unlike legitimate public debate, must never
be tolerated, and all such threatening messages will be turned over to
federal authorities for investigation,” said CAIR Legal Affairs Director
Arsalan Iftikhar. “We thank all those in the U.S. Attorney’s office who
worked hard to prosecute this case.” He offered special thanks to Assistant
United States Attorney Paul Pugliese.
Iftikhar added that a number of other threats received by CAIR are
currently under investigation by the FBI. He said that even those who use
fake e-mail addresses to make threats leave an electronic trail that
investigators can follow.
Recent polls have indicated that 1-in-4 Americans holds anti-Muslim views
and that 44 percent of Americans would agree to curtail Muslim civil
liberties in some manner. Last year, CAIR announced a campaign designed to
counter prejudice prompted by Islamophobic rhetoric in American society.
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.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:
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