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RIGHT WHERE YOU BELONG: Obama said Muslims are part of America and that the US protects all faiths.

RIGHT WHERE YOU BELONG: Obama said Muslims are part of America and that the US protects all faiths.

President Obama has a clear message for American Muslims

After seven years in office, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has finally set his foot inside a mosque on US soil.

On Wednesday, he told people who had gathered at the Islamic Society of Baltimore that he refused to accept political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans from Republican presidential candidates.

Obama described Muslims as essential to the fabric of America.

He said: “Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here.

“You're right where you belong. You're part of America too. You're not Muslim or American. You're Muslim and American.”

The President continued: "We can't be bystanders to bigotry.

“Together, we've got to show that America truly protects all faiths. As we protect our country from terrorism, we should not reinforce the ideas and the rhetoric of the terrorists themselves.”

Obama described conversations with young Muslim parents whose children are worried about being removed from the country and demanded that people of all faiths be accepted without prejudice into the United States.

“Here at this mosque, and across our country and around the world, Muslim leaders are roundly and repeatedly and consistently condemning terrorism,” he said.

“And around the globe, Muslims who've dared to speak out have often been targeted and even killed. So those voices are there; we just have to amplify them more.

“We have to ... lift up the contributions of the Muslim-American community not when there's a problem, but all the time. Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. It's not that hard to do.”

Obama has visited mosques in the past, but never inside the United States, which is home to around 2.75 million Muslims, according to figures from the Pew Research Center.

Many Muslims were not impressed with Obama’s mosque visit and accused him of hypocrisy and ‘anti-Muslim policies’ using the Twitter hashtag #TooLateObama.

‏@Delo_Taylor said: “Gitmo [Guantanamo Bay] is still open. Drones still dropping hellfire. US backed war all over the Middle East/Africa. One #MosqueVisit. #TooLateObama

 

‏@ramahkudaimi said: “New generation of Muslim Americans sick of apologizing for being Muslim while US kills worldwide.”

Obama noted that Islam has always been part of America, as many slaves brought from Africa were Muslim and kept their faith alive even in bondage.

Muslim Americans range from scientists and soldiers to sports heroes like Muhammad Ali.

Conspiracy theorists have been peddling out that Obama is in fact a Muslim posing as a Christian.

On Wednesday the President noted that founding father Thomas Jefferson had also faced suggestions from opponents that he was Muslim.

“So I was not the first,” Obama said to laughter. “No, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.”

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Lawsuit claims FBI use ‘No-fly- list’ to coerce Muslims into informing

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A recently filed case on behalf of four American Muslims in a US district of New York, has accused the US attorney general, Eric Holder, the FBI director, James Comey, the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, and two dozen FBI agents of creating an atmosphere where innocent Muslims are forbidden from flying.

The motive apparently was so that the FBI can use this as leverage to get them to snitch on their communities.

In recent years Muslim community leaders in the US have stated that they feel law enforcement at times considers them a target.

Material demonising Muslims and Islam has been present in FBI counter-terrorism training, which the bureau has conceded was inappropriate.
United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
The New York police department recently shut down a unit tasked with spying on Muslim businesses, mosques and community centres in New York and New Jersey.

The lawsuit seeks not only the plaintiffs’ removal from the no-fly list but also the establishment of a more robust legal mechanism to contest placement upon it.

“This policy and set of practices by the FBI is part of a much broader set of policies that reflect overpolicing in Muslim-American communities,” said Diala Shamas, one of the lawyers for the four plaintiffs.

The no-fly list is among the most opaque post-9/11 measures.

It is maintained by the FBI and implemented at airports by the Department of Homeland Security.

Few know they’ve been placed on it, and those who do face a complicated redress process to have themselves removed. The new lawsuit alleges that the opacity contributes to watchlist abuse.

According to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Centre, which maintains the list, there were approximately 16,000 people, fewer than 500 of them Americans, on the no-fly list as of September 2011.

A larger pool of data that feeds the no-fly list and other government watchlists, known as the Terrorist Screening Database, contemporaneously contained records of 420,000 people. Famously it included Nelson Mandela until 2008. The government’s policy is to not to confirm or deny someone’s placement upon a watchlist.

Several earlier lawsuits have attempted to get people off the no-fly list.

In February Rahinah Ibrahim became the first since 9/11 to win such a case, after demonstrating that the FBI adder her name by mistake. She had been unable to fly since 2004.

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Lawsuit claims FBI use ‘No-fly- list’ to coerce Muslims into informing

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A recently filed case on behalf of four American Muslims in a US district of New York, has accused the US attorney general, Eric Holder, the FBI director, James Comey, the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, and two dozen FBI agents of creating an atmosphere where innocent Muslims are forbidden from flying.

The motive apparently was so that the FBI can use this as leverage to get them to snitch on their communities.

In recent years Muslim community leaders in the US have stated that they feel law enforcement at times considers them a target.

Material demonising Muslims and Islam has been present in FBI counter-terrorism training, which the bureau has conceded was inappropriate.

The New York police department recently shut down a unit tasked with spying on Muslim businesses, mosques and community centres in New York and New Jersey.

United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
The lawsuit seeks not only the plaintiffs’ removal from the no-fly list but also the establishment of a more robust legal mechanism to contest placement upon it.

“This policy and set of practices by the FBI is part of a much broader set of policies that reflect overpolicing in Muslim-American communities,” said Diala Shamas, one of the lawyers for the four plaintiffs.

The no-fly list is among the most opaque post-9/11 measures.

It is maintained by the FBI and implemented at airports by the Department of Homeland Security.

Few know they’ve been placed on it, and those who do face a complicated redress process to have
themselves removed. The new lawsuit alleges that the opacity contributes to watchlist abuse.

According to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Centre, which maintains the list, there were approximately 16,000 people, fewer than 500 of them Americans, on the no-fly list as of September 2011.

A larger pool of data that feeds the no-fly list and other government watchlists, known as the Terrorist Screening Database, contemporaneously contained records of 420,000 people. Famously it included Nelson Mandela until 2008. The government’s policy is to not to confirm or deny someone’s placement upon a watchlist.

Several earlier lawsuits have attempted to get people off the no-fly list.

In February Rahinah Ibrahim became the first since 9/11 to win such a case, after demonstrating that the FBI adder her name by mistake. She had been unable to fly since 2004.

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