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The Washington Post has an important article as part of a series: "Monitoring America." Much of this information is new. Some of it was previously documented in a PRA Report, "Platform for Prejudice."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has repeatedly called for action. The group noted the investigative report on post-9/11 government surveillance that was published recently in the Washington Post had highlighted the activities of trainers whose "views on Islam and terrorism are considered inaccurate and counterproductive by the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies." Their statement went on to say:

"The use of ill-informed and agenda-driven 'experts' will inevitably result in law enforcement practices that are based on misinformation, not on our nation's legitimate security needs," wrote CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter to Attorney General Holder.

He said the attorney general recently told American Muslims that "law enforcement has an obligation to ensure that members of every religious community enjoy the ability to worship ... free from intimidation, violence or suspicion."

The full statement is here.

Jeff Stein in the Washington Post reported more details in his story on the CAIR statement. CAIR originally asked Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert S. Mueller, III to review these trainings in a letter sent August 2, 2010.

Articles describing bigoted trainings posted online date back to early 2008.

 

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