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jail-free.jpgOur colleague Patrick Poole has this cautionary tale of what happens when CAIR rattles the cages of our local law enforcement agencies and tries to intimidate police by threatening them with legal action and signing on to their so-called diversity training. We are close to this story as a Police officer in Fairfax county reached out for assistance. ACT! for America and partners from the Victory Coalition chimed in to help. The results are told in this Pajamas media report by Poole. One thing that didn’t happen this time was that the Commonwealth Magistrate Judge assigned to the case of Dr. Abbasi who was stopped for a traffic infraction that conflated into a drug charge, didn’t knuckle under. he rebuffed from the bench charges of ‘intimidation’ and ‘religious harassment’ from the defense counsel. Abbasi quickly lost points, caved and copped a plea to a single misdemeanor charge.

But the really story is CAIR running roughshod threatening and intimidating federal, state and local first responders with caterwauling about ‘religious profiling’. The result are the cratering of counterterrorism courses thereby disabling first responders from defending us.

Read what Poole said about this:

    As a regular consultant to police agencies on counterterrorism issues, I can attest to the immense pressure that police and other first responders are constantly under without having to deal with bogus claims of religious discrimination and self-serving demands to institute CAIR’s own “diversity and sensitivity” training programs. If the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division wishes to look into these matters, as CAIR has demanded in Abbasi’s case, perhaps it should begin by examining the hostile work environment for police officers created by CAIR’s constant, yet continually baseless, grievance-mongering.

ACT! for America is doing something about this. We have drafted national legislation that would bar frivolous complaints and legal actions by CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood front group against first responders. These MB groups have been identified in the Holy Land Foundation case, up for retrial in September in the Dallas Federal Court. We believe that all first responder groups should rally to support this measure. Responsible Members of Congress concerning about the sad state of counterterrorism programs should sign on as co-sponsors. This is the most effective way of pushing back at CAIR and the other Muslim Brotherhood groups undermining counterterrorism efforts to protect us.

by Patrick Poole, Pajamas Media, July 16, 2008

An otherwise unremarkable hearing in the Fairfax County, Virginia, general district court last Thursday marked an ominous trend with respect to the cherished American judicial principles of the rule of law and equality before the law. The hearing on four misdemeanor charges against [1] Dr. Mustafa Ahmed Abbasi featured all of the usual players — judge, bailiff, clerks, prosecutors, police officers, criminal attorneys, and defendant — but with one notable addition to the judicial drama, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

CAIR’s intervention in the Abbasi case is a manifestation of a larger campaign against law enforcement to use political alliances and legal threats to intimidate police in cases involving Muslim defendants and to establish separate and preferable treatment for Muslims in the American legal system.

The circumstances concerning the charges against Dr. Abbasi are as unremarkable as last Thursday’s hearing. On February 9, Abassi committed an improper turn which prompted a traffic stop by Fairfax County police. After consent for a search of the vehicle was given, police discovered loose pills, needles, and prescriptions written to other individuals in the trunk of the car, violations of Virginia law. Dr. Abbasi admitted that he treated members of his mosque out of his vehicle, also a violation of Virginia medical rules (it should be noted that he is also a U.S. Customs and Immigration Service-[2] approved immigration doctor). Abbasi received a summons for unlawfully prescribing drugs and three others for possession of controlled substances, and was allowed to leave the scene on his own recognizance.

More than two months later, a letter was sent from CAIR national legal counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili to Colonel David Rohrer, chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, claiming that the traffic stop was made on the basis of profiling and that Dr. Abassi’s consent to the vehicle search was never given. She also claimed that Abbasi’s arrest was part of a pattern of “religious discrimination” by the department.

The CAIR letter made a series of demands, including an internal affairs investigation of the incident, a reprimand for the officer who made the stop, a written apology for Dr. Abbasi, a dash-cam video of the traffic stop, audio of the related police radio transmissions, and the institution of CAIR’s workplace sensitivity and diversity training for the entire Fairfax County Police.

An important fact to note is that CAIR’s narrative was derived entirely from Dr. Abbasi’s own self-serving account. Al-Khalili’s letter admitted that they had not even attempted to review any factual evidence that might exist in the case (dash-cam video and police radio transmissions), which could have been easily obtained through an open records request before making their accusations of religious discrimination. Before then, she had not asked for any evidence. It seems that CAIR’s demands were clearly aimed at having their “diversity” training instituted by the police department, as there was no indication that Al-Khalili was acting as counsel for Abbasi (she did not appear at last week’s hearing), but was rather acting in CAIR’s own organizational interests.

CAIR’s hysterical claims in this case — Al-Khalili’s letter raises the specter of “the Fairfax County Police Department’s repeated and relentless attacks on American Muslims” — are belied when reviewing the special relationship between CAIR and Fairfax County officials, including the chief of police, Col. David Rohrer, and the County Board of Supervisors chairman, Gerry Connelly.

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