(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/11/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Bush administration to launch a public probe of allegations that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay flushed a Quran, Islam’s revealed text, down a toilet. At least four people were killed today in Afghanistan during protests over the alleged desecration. SEE: “Afghan Protest Over Quran Turns Deadly,” http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=748366
The allegation was first reported in the May 9 issue of Newsweek magazine. The magazine said: “Investigators probing interrogation abuses at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay have confirmed some infractions alleged in internal FBI e-mails that surfaced late last year. Among the previously unreported cases, sources tell NEWSWEEK: interrogators, in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a Qur’an down a toilet and led a detainee around with a collar and dog leash.” SEE: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7693014/site/newsweek/
In its statement, CAIR said: “The allegations, if true, can only serve to fuel anti-American sentiment. Vague assurances of a military investigation are insufficient to keep this incident from being used to further harm relations with the Muslim world. We urge President Bush to initiate an open probe of the incident, make public its findings and punish those responsible.” CAIR is also urging American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the White House in support of a public investigation. The council recently launched a website designed to help end the use and instigation of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CID) by American personnel worldwide.
To learn more about CAIR’s anti-torture campaign, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/antitorture/
The twin phenomena of Islamophobia and anti-Americanism will be addressed at a CAIR conference to be held this weekend in Washington, D.C. SEE: http://www.cair-net.org/2005conference/ CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. 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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