CAIR-Michigan to sue FBI, Customs over alleged ‘invasive religious questioning’

April 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

CAIR-Michigan to sue FBI, Customs over alleged ‘invasive religious questioning’

  • By Oralandar Brand-Williams
  • The Detroit News

Detroit— The local chapter of the Muslim civil rights group CAIR-Michigan is planning Friday to file a lawsuit against the federal government.

The lawsuit specifically will name the FBI and the Customs Border Patrol agencies for alleged “invasive religious questioning” of Muslims at U.S.-Canada Border.

The line of questioning of Muslims reportedly included inquiries such as how many times a day they pray, who else prays in their mosques and how many times a time they pray, according to CAIR-Michigan officials.

“Invasive religious questioning of American citizens without evidence of criminal activity is not only an affront to the Constitution but is also a waste of taxpayers’ dollars,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said.

The lawsuit is being filed on behalf of four American citizens who complained to CAIR-Michigan agents for Customs and Border Patrol and the FBI violated their First Amendment rights by “detaining and handcuffing them without any evidence of wrongdoing and questioning them about their religious beliefs and worship habits,” said CAIR-Michigan officials in a press release Thursday.

One of the plaintiff’s in the lawsuit is scheduled to be at a news conference Friday to talk about his experience, said CAIR-Michigan officials.

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