Muslims Unite to Oppose FBI Abuse

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Following an April 19 meeting in Washington, DC, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a national coalition of major Islamic organizations, issued a statement re-affirming its opposition to FBI tactics and government policies targeting the Muslim community.

Representatives from the 10-member umbrella organization, which includes the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as well as their two observer organizations, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), took part in the meeting or were later briefed by phone.

The two observer organizations, which had differed with other national groups as Muslims considered suspending ties with the FBI, have since closed ranks with the rest of the community. "This shows increased maturity of community organizations and leadership," said community activist Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Toor.

National Muslim organizations asked for "a good faith effort by the Obama administration to stop the use of abusive tactics by the law enforcement agencies." Muslim leaders also asked Attorney General Eric Holder for a meeting in order "to find a mutually satisfactory solution to the simmering problems."

The AMT statement reads:

We reaffirm our commitment to being full partners in the defense, development and prosperity of our homeland, the United States.

We also reiterate our determination to continue to work for greater unity and mutual cooperation among ourselves and with like-minded fellow Americans. …