- Nov 22, 2003
Links at site. If you bother to read the complaint, you'll see 'may' used alot. Says it all:
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Member of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) Board Files Complaint with Justice Department About (Among Others) "the 'Jewish Lobby'":
Here's the complaint, which asks the Justice Department to "take the steps necessary to end" various "practices," apparently including "statements made that may reach the level of hate speech," "various organizations['] and individuals['] ... provid[ing] misleading and highly poltiicized information," and more. The complaint "especially alleges":
1. Jewish organizations and activists have created an enemies list that includes Muslims, Arabs and white nationalists organizations here in the US. This list is compromised of individuals and groups that are deemed threats or enemies of the State of Israel.
2. These organizations have used their financial resources and also their formidable political influence to purposefully poison public opinion against Muslims, Arabs, and Islam in an attempt to demonize and vilify the same for political purposes, and to create an environment conducive to the deprivation of and denial of Muslim and Arab constitutional rights and repression of religious freedoms in respect to Islam.
Presumably these are "practices" that the Justice Department is likewise asked to "take the steps necessary to end." The complaint also alleges some actual crimes -- supposed perjury -- but the material that is "especially allege[d]," even if it were factually entirely true, would of course remain entirely constitutionally protected, and beyond the Justice Department's reach.
The author, Anisa Abd el Fattah, is writing on behalf of the "National Association of Muslim American Women"; I have no reason to think that this group has any magnitude or influence, but Anisa Abd el Fattah does appear to be "a member of the Board of Directors for (CAIR), Council on American Islamic Relations."