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February 22, 2006

Muslim Groups Cry Foul Over Deportations

Muslim groups say they are being unfairly targeted by the DHS after 9/11. The Washington Post has a report that discusses the jump in deportations of nationals from Muslim countries, notably Pakistan, a hotbed of al-Qaeda activity. "Security experts say the government has to walk a fine line between protecting against terrorism and respecting people's rights. Community leaders estimate that up to 8 million Muslims live in the United States, two-thirds of whom are U.S. citizens," the paper writes. [FAIR comment: The 8 million number is a deliberate falsification. See this site for a discussion of accurate estimates that place the total number at 2 million.]

"'Over time, you get to know the people that you meet with,' said Brian Moskowitz, Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement top agent in Detroit, which has one of the nation's largest Muslim and Arab communities. 'It's helped, in some cases, reduce the level of anxiety and fear in the community so that people will talk to us.'" [FAIR comment: Moskowitz has been repeatedly singled out by Debbie Schlussel on her blog site. See this entry. "A week ago, Saturday Night, I was at the Islamic House of Wisdom, a Hezbollah mosque, to see why our top Federal employees would hang out with Hezbollah's hand-picked cleric, Imam Mohammed Ali Elahi, and his congregants--terrorism supporters (and funders). It wasn't pretty. I didn't see much wisdom, but I saw a ton of pandering. Republican U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III (the Justice Dept.'s top official in the heart of Islamic America), Michigan FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Roberts, Michigan and Ohio ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz (a/k/a "Abu Moskowitz . . . all yukked it up with Hezbollah's American Imam, Mohammed Ali Elahi. Also there: ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael "Mick" Hodzen (a/k/a "The Tool Belt Holder")."

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