Jul 25 2009
CAIR Hails ‘Major Victory’ in Six Imams terrorizing the plane case.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/09) – CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case group today hailed what it termed a “major victory” in the case of six imams, or Islamic religious leaders, who say their civil and religious rights were violated in 2006 when they were removed from a US Airways flight in Minnesota.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery today denied several motions to dismiss the case and ruled that a law passed by Congress after the incident did not grant protection from lawsuits to those sued by the imams.
Judge Montgomery also ruled that the actions of the imams prior to their flight did not justify their detention. She (that figures) noted that the imams were subjected to “extreme fear and humiliation of being falsely identified as dangerous terrorists.”
Congress passed the law in 2007, to retroactively give individuals more protection from being prosecuted for reporting suspicious activities that could lead to acts of terrorism.
The six Islamic leaders sued US Airways, an FBI agent, and Metropolitan Airport Commission police for discrimination after authorities removed them from a flight in 2006.
The Imams had been praying shortly before boarding a flight to Phoenix. Once they were in their seats, a passenger sent a handwritten note to the pilot that there were “6 suspicious Arabic men on plane, spaced out in their seats. All were together, saying “. . . Allah . . . Allah,” cursing U.S. involvement w/ Saddam before flight–1 in front exit row, another in first row 1st class, another in 8D, another in 22D, two in 25 E&F.”
US Airways refused to allow them to fly. Court documents say airport police and FBI agents detained, handcuffed, and pat-searched the imams, confiscated their bags, and transported them by police car in plain view of the flight’s passengers. The clerics were later released when officials determined they posed no threat. Read more: MPR
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