(Oct 21, 2011) The Department of Justice (DOJ) called the biased anti-Muslim and error-laden FBI training materials highlighted in a recent national security report “offensive” and “dangerous for national security.” ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid joined representatives from the DOJ and select interfaith and civil rights leaders to speak on the challenges facing America and Muslims in the post 9/11 era and strategies moving forward to unite our nation. The event was held this Wednesday at the George Washington University Law School in D.C.
The DOJ also highlighted some of their recent outreach efforts to local Muslim communities and clarified for attendees what it believes are appropriate versus inappropriate actions for law enforcement to take in counter-terorrism. The canvassing efforts by law enforcement during investigations, where they randomly select households in a community and request voluntary interviews, was one example distinguished as appropriate by the DOJ. They were very clear, however, in the position of the DOJ that the biased FBI training materials were terrible and damaging.
During the event, Imam Magid outlined two steps that ISNA believes are critical to combat Islamophobia at both a grassroots and institutional level. (1) Increased interfaith education and programming at the local level and (2) tangible steps taken by the government to investigate and eradicate the discriminatory FBI training practices and NYPD surveillance programs.
"The Muslim community needs to see tangible change, not just promises for investigations into the very damaging FBI trainings that we now know about. We need to see the government protecting the civil rights of everyone," stated Imam Magid.