Jackson, Walid Question FBI Tactics


Jackson, Walid Question FBI Tactics

By Michael Carroll/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation was criticized heavily Sunday, by both Rev. Jesse Jackson and Imam Dawud Walid, the Michigan chapter of the Council on Arabic-Islamic Relations Executive Director. Their comments were given during CAIR-MI annual fundraising event in Dearborn.

“I am speaking of the tactics of the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating our community… what we at CAIR have documented across the country, which is the misuse of FBI informants in our houses of worship, “ said Walid.

Walid continued to chastise FBI tactics in regards to the fatal shooting of Imam Luqman Abdeen Abullah in October of last year. Walid said that many Islamic religious leaders across the country had already expressed concerns to CAIR over the alleged coercion practices of the FBI in attempt to recruit and exploit informants.

“Our concerns unfortunately manifested themselves exactly 5 months ago to this day, on October the 28, 2009, where a series of raids took place based upon two years of infiltration by agent provocateurs at a Mosque in Detroit, which led to the homicide of Imam Luqman Admeen Abdullah,” Walid Said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the events keynote speaker, told the crowd they had nothing to fear from FBI investigations, and that justice always finds the light.

“Dr. King said there is no defense against sabotage and ambush… Let them spy and challenge them to find fault,” Jackson said. “somehow someway those who are righteous, god protects in life and death. The blood of the Imam has fertilized the soil for hope and new possibility.”

Abdullah, also known as Charles Thomas, was under investigation by the FBI, according to the criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, for the sale and transport of illegal goods, illegal firearms, providing ammunition and firearms to convicted felons, and a host of other charges. Abdullah was one of 11 men targeted by the two year investigation.

The complaint further identifies Abdullah as a “highly placed leader of a nationwide radical fundamentalist Sunni group” whose primary mission is to establish a separate, sovereign Islamic state within the borders of the United States. Abdullah was also convicted of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon in 1981.

The following statement was taken from a recorded conversation with Abdullah and included in the complaint.

“How are we going to [to have] Islam here and the Koresh, if you will, or Washington is trying to stop everything we do?…. Well yeah, but it’s not just the fear factor, it’s the whole point of. of knowledge. Of understanding that “they” are the enemy, and that I should be trying to plot as to how to make moves to get some things accomplished.”

Controversy continues to surround the shooting of Adullah, who according to an autopsy, was shot 21 times by federal agents, including once in the back.

“We are not anti-law enforcement at CAIR, we are pro-law enforcement at CAIR, but we are anti-law enforcement misconduct,” said Walid.


Abdullah’s killing takes bigger stage


Abdullah’s killing takes bigger stage

U.S. Rep. John Conyers told nearly 1,000 people, gathered Sunday at a banquet marking the 10th anniversary of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, that he would talk this week to the U.S. Attorney General’s office, possibly with Attorney General Eric Holder himself, about the shooting by federal agents in Detroit of a Muslim cleric. The shooting of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah during an October FBI raid in Dearborn has become, for many, a national civil and human rights issue.

During a keynote speech, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was not in Detroit to talk about Abdullah. But he alluded to him in describing how FBI agents had infiltrated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s organization. “We found out, after his assassination, that our comptroller was an FBI agent,’’ he told the crowd. “Every check that came in and went out was under the eye of our government.’’ Jackson also linked Abdullah’s death to another controversial law enforcement shooting: the killing in 1999 of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed Guinean immigrant, who was killed by police officers who fired a total of 41 rounds. “Abdullah was shot 21 times; Diallo was shot 41 times,’’ Jackson said.

Dawud Walid, executive director of Michigan CAIR, noting that Abdullah sustained dog bites, a broken jaw, broken teeth and 21 gunshot wounds including one in the back, compared the imam’s death to the 1969 killing of Black Panther Fred Hampton, who was shot by Chicago police and FBI agents as he lay in his bed. The killing of Abdullah, who was African American, has taken on racial as well as religious overtones, especially in a community that has experienced a history of misconduct by local and federal law enforcement. Among those attending the banquet were the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, and Heaster Wheeler, its director, as well as Ron Scott, who runs the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and received an award from CAIR last night.

Any independent review of the Abdullah shooting must include a review of the use of FBI informants. FBI officials have told me they cannot entice people into illegal activity that they are not already involved in. But local Muslim leaders have said the events leading up to the shooting death of Abdullah seemed like entrapment, with agents reportedly enticing Abdullah and his followers into dealing in stolen fur coats and laptops. This won’t be easy to sort out. There can be a fine line — and a lot of gray area — between infiltrating and enticing. Even the FBI acknowledges past abuses. This case could be an opportunity to clarify such practices and do better.

Rev. Jesse Jackson comments on shooting of Imam Luqman Abdullah

Speakers such as Rev. Jackson, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and myself all talked about coalition building and mentioned cases of discrimination against Muslims at CAIR-MI’s banquet yesterday in Dearborn.

One media account quoting Rev. Jackson as saying that he didn’t come to speak about Imam Luqman Abdullah’s killing was taken out of context.  None of the speakers including myself, nor the program was centered around this incident.

Rev. Jackson, however, did comment on the event in an interview with a community member prior to the program starting.  Jackson discussed “trigger happy” law enforcement agents and used the terms “illegal” and “immoral” in the context of Imam Luqman Abdullah’s shooting.

SEE at the 2:57 mark of video below:


Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at 10th CAIR dinner


Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak at 10th CAIR dinner

By Nick Meyer

SOUTHFIELD — The Council on Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR-MI) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sunday, March 28 by inviting perhaps its highest-profile speaker to date to its annual banquet, internationally recognized civil rights leader and activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder of the RainbowPUSH Coalition.

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. is to speak in Dearborn on March 28 at the 10th anniversary celebration of CAIR-MI.

Jackson will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is scheduled to run from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn.CAIR-MI is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to the promotion and defense of civil rights and the image of Muslims through the use of grassroots activism, mediation, the media, education, and the law.

CAIR-MI Banquet Coordinator Suehaila Amen talked about why Jackson was chosen to speak.

“Jesse Jackson has always been in the forefront of the civil rights arena and his work is internationally recognized,” Amen said.

“He is an extraordinary public speaker, and what better way to celebrate preserving the civil rights of all than by having someone like him from the civil rights arena come and speak at CAIR’s 10th Annual Banquet?”

Also speaking is Michigan Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who will receive the Civil Rights Defender Award.

Amen said the event is being held during the day because many of CAIR’s supporters are hard-working doctors, lawyers and other professionals and the group wants to make sure that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to attend. Babysitting is also available on site at the Hyatt for the price of $10.

In addition to Jackson and Conyers, Comcast Director of Corporate Communications Gerald Smith will serve as emcee, and awards will be given out that embody the spirit of CAIR.

Detroit Free Press journalist Jeff Garritt will receive the Excellence in Media Award and Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality will receive the Peace and Justice Award.

“It’s important to support people who are working towards the advancement of the community and their civil rights,” Amen said about the dinner.

“Organizations like CAIR and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee are so important and we have to support them in this day and age when we need them more than ever with all the things going on; our civil rights are being infringed upon on a daily basis.”

For more information or to buy tickets to the dinner visit http://www.cairmichigan.org or e-mail CairEvents@gmail.com.