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.

From The Detroit News:

3 thoughts on “CAIR-Michigan to sue FBI, Customs over alleged ‘invasive religious questioning’

  1. CAIR is a complete joke! Always whining about every little thing to get into the news. No wonde the world has a negative opinion of CAIR and it affiliates. Sad and pathetic!

    • Stopping any American and questioning them is their job, and we support that. What we don’t support is asking of questions about persons’ intimate relationship with G-d, which related to religious practices. There is no double standard or separate but equal in American law.

      It isn’t their business to ask Muslims if they pray anymore than it is to ask a Jew is (s)he makes Sabbath prayer or if a Catholic makes the Rosary Prayer.

  2. Invasive questions?!?!?! What’s invasive is what you have to watch your loved ones go through at the airport. Kids being touched in ways you taught them was bad touching, granny being made to get out of a wheel chair and remove her depends, women that survived breast cancer having to remove / show implants .. all by th.. A for the sake of Homeland Security. Many muslim people, on the other hand are exempt from the pat down and the x-ray machine.. you know.. it is what it is.. if you don’t wanna answer the questions, get the pat down or get x-rayed, then answer the questions. Surely something stuck out to someone in order for them to detain for further questioning. I’ll wait for all the facts to come out.

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