Thursday, November 20, 2008


CAIR-NY CO-AUTHORS CRITIQUE OF NYPD TERROR REPORT -NEW YORK, NY, 11/20/08 - The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), a group of New York based Muslim advocates and community leaders seeking to provide a Muslim perspective on law enforcement strategy and decision-making, today released its critique of the 2007 New York City Police Department (NYPD) report, “Radicalization in the West: the Homegrown Threat.”

Recent investigative reports also show that al-Muhajiroun members from the Baltimore area have been meeting at the Islamic Center of Queens, see video, Click here, taken with a BBC News Crew during an interview with the Mosque's founder Aqeel Khan.

Page 72 of the NYPD terror report. Al-Muhajiroun and Islamic Thinkers Society Al-Muhajiroun was founded by Syrian militant Omar Bakri as an affiliate of the local branch of the transnational Hizb-ut-Tahrir movement. Although al-Muhajiroun has since disbanded in the U.K., a number of offshoot organizations have emerged.

The Islamic Thinkers Society (ITS) is an organization primarily composed of 2nd and 3rd generation college-age Americans of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent and espouses the same extremist worldview as al-Muhajiroun.
Islamic Thinkers Society claims that the worldwide Muslim community is under attack by a hostile West.

However, ITS is careful not to explicitly call for violence.The group has a Wahhabi orientation and is quick to impart “takfir” upon other Muslims who they consider apostates. In March 2006 their intolerance was on full display as they disrupted an annual religious Shi'a Ashura procession on Park Avenue in Manhattan. “The mischief mongers manhandled a religious scholar, calling him an infidel, and spread materials mocking Islamic jurists they consider too moderate.”

Moreover, the small knot of angry young men waved placards which read. "Shia are NOT Muslims!" and "Shia is made of superstitious elements of Judaism." ITS and other similar organizations serve as indoctrination accelerants due to their ability to act as both incubators and proliferators of radicalization. Their use of the English language as well as the internet amplifies their message and specifically resonates with 2nd and 3rd generation Muslims in the West, many of whom speak or read little, if any Arabic. Thus, even in the virtual world, this organization successfully recruits, indoctrinates, and trains aspiring extremists, (terrorists and suicide bombers).

The CAIR/MACLC critique (NONSENCE) is part of the group’s ongoing effort to dialogue with the NYPD concerning the report’s implications on civil liberty interests of American Muslims. MACLC’s critique, entitled “Counter-tERRORism Policy: MACLC’s Critique of the NYPD’s Report on Homegrown Radicalism,” draws attention to the mischaracterization of the domestic threat of terrorism and offers recommendations to the NYPD that safeguards both civil rights and national security interests.

“Unquestionably, all criminal acts of violence are unacceptable and prevention requires a well-researched report to guide responsible policing,” said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, who coauthored MACLC's critique. “The study of violent extremism, however, should decouple religion from terror and safeguard civil liberties on free speech and equal protection grounds and as a matter of strong public policy.”

Ali also said CAIR-NY, a member of MACLC, urges the NYPD to update the standing NYPD Report to reflect its recent correspondence from NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. In a letter dated October 6, 2008, Commissioner Kelly stated in part: “The report never intended to be a policy prescriptive for law enforcement actions, a fact that should have been emphasized, as you noted during our discussions. Indeed, the very reason that this repost was disseminated publically -- and not just within the law enforcement community was for the expressed purpose of engaging and soliciting a broad array of views from a diverse group of people.”

Commissioner Kelly also noted in the letter: "[T]he readership would have been better served if a statement clearly asserting that Muslim are not in any way a threat to security were to have been including at the beginning of the report.”

To view MACLC’s response to the Commissioner Kelly letter, click here.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041,;
CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268,

New York City - 11/19/08) -- On Thursday, November 20th, the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) will hold a press conference at New York City Hall to mark the official release of its critique of the NYPD's controversial report "Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat."

Released last summer, the NYPD report alludes to the susceptibility of all Muslim males aged 16 to 45 to terrorist ideology (THEY ARE).

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