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April 14, 2009

     CAIR:  Defending Muslim Student “Rights”? 

     The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is claiming that local colleges are not protecting the rights of predominantly Somali Muslim college students.  CAIR claims that it has received “an increasing number of reports” by Muslim students that they are being “interrogated” by FBI agents on campuses.  The students are being questioned as part of an on-going investigation into the whereabouts of several male Somali students whom have gone missing and are suspected of leaving the US to fight in Somalia’s long-running civil war.

     CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN) Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam states:

“Students' legal rights need to be upheld and they aren't currently being afforded the only true
legal protection they have when talking to the law enforcement - an attorney."

     Islam’s concern is "confirmed" by this example of the FBI’s "brutal" interrogation methods involving a Muslim student. From an article titled “Pressure By FBI Puts Somalis In Bind”:

“In December, one of her friends who works for the University of Minnesota police approached her, saying
the FBI would like to talk about her organization. The agent, she said, was polite and made it clear she
could refuse to talk. "He wanted to know how we got funded and what activities we do," she said of
the 20-minute interview. He also wanted to know "how some of the missing boys were involved in the
organization," she said, adding she never felt pressured.”

     So, the FBI agent explained "she didn’t have to talk" and the student stated the agent was polite?

     Where is the coercion?  What “rights” did the FBI agent not explain?

     Considering CAIR’s reputation when it comes to providing legal advice; buyer beware.  In addition to the numerous proven allegations that CAIR is directly tied to Islamic terrorism and individual Islamic terrorists, CAIR has also been accused of providing shoddy legal advice to the very North American Muslim population it claims to represent and protect. (What does it say about CAIR when they apparently set off to deliberately commit fraud against American Muslims?)

     So why would it "appear" that Somali Muslim students are turning to CAIR for legal advice?  *The simple answer is --- they aren't.  Nowhere does CAIR even make the claim that CAIR supplied any legal advice to any of the students in question. Would it be outside the realm of possibility that CAIR completely fabricated the claim that “an increasing number” of students filed complaints with them? 

     We also learn that apparently none of the students interviewed for the article had anything bad to say about the FBI. None of the students stated that they were abused, denied rights, or forced to answer any questions.  None were taken into custody.

     For instance, the opening line from the article:

“When the FBI approached the young women at the University of Minnesota,
they said they didn't mind talking.”

     Does this sound like abuse, or a case where Muslim Somali students are responding to legitimate FBI concerns?


“But the women, both second-year students who don't want their names used because they fear for their safety,
said the investigation into whether missing Somali men from Minnesota have been recruited by terrorists to fight
in their homeland has left many students caught between wanting to help investigators find the truth and facing
scorn from some in their community.” 

     From the statements of the Muslim women, it sounds as if they have more to fear from their own Muslim community than they do from the FBI.  Why doesn’t CAIR step up and demand that local law enforcement provide protection to those who want to cooperate in the investigation?  It seems as though CAIR selectively focuses “outrage” against not only the college and the FBI, but sadly against Muslim students who see nothing wrong with providing information that may help locate fellow missing students.

     Just what is CAIR’s game? 

     CAIR recently announced that it is considering severing ties with the FBI because the FBI, rightly, cut off contact with the terrorist supporting “civil rights” group.

     The truth of CAIR’s disdain for the FBI is summed up by Islam:

“Islam added the FBI’s decision to discontinue its outreach efforts through CAIR “is a huge loss for them”

     Can anyone recall when CAIR ever provided genuine, actionable information to the FBI or any other law enforcement agency that resulted in the prevention of a radical Islamic action?

     It took the FBI over ten years to end its association with CAIR; an association that contributed absolutely nothing to the FBI’s understanding of peaceful Islam and CAIR calls it a “huge loss for them”.  This would be laughable if it weren’t so pathetic.

     We can take heart that it appears that none of the students approached CAIR for assistance or took any of CAIR’s “legal” advice.  Apparently, the Somali Muslim students simply aren’t aware that the FBI is as bad as CAIR claims them to be. 

     What is left unanswered by CAIR is:  If the FBI is so bad regarding Muslim civil rights, why does CAIR complain about ties being severed?

     Here we have an excellent example of CAIR’s waning influence and inability to attract attention to yet another non-event involving American Muslims having their rights “violated”. It didn’t happen, and the students interviewed did not support even one of CAIR’s claims.

     Perhaps the Somali Muslim students understand the threat of radical Islam and want to do what they can to assist their adopted country in the battle against radical Islam.  Maybe they understand, unlike CAIR, exactly how bad radical Islam in practice really is and want no part of it in the USA?

     One student went on to say:

"Whatever is happening in the community, we should fix it, you know…the FBI, they're trying to fix it."

     Either way, it is a great win for the FBI and a smack in the face to CAIR’s attempts to butt in where they aren’t wanted ... or needed.

(*Update:  One Somali woman did call CAIR after she was interviewed by the FBI at her homeRuqia Mohamed, who is a student, called CAIR for legal advice and as mentioned in a story: "CAIR couldn’t help Mohamed because their lawyers were busy")

Andrew Whitehead

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