Oct 14 2011
Shahid Haque-Hausrath was forwarded an email from the state’s top U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, Bruce Norum, with the subject: “FW: This AA Pilot tells it like it is …” In the body of the email Norum simply wrote “Good read.”
Great Falls Tribune Haque-Hausrath is an immigration attorney who often deals with ICE on immigration and deportation cases, so he wasn’t necessarily surprised to see an email from Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer for Montana.
When Haque-Hausrath read the contents that followed Norum’s apparent recommendation, his curiosity turned to stunned amazement. The forwarded message contained a lengthy, racially (Islam is NOT a race) charged essay that appeared to be a rebuttal to the idea that Arabs and Muslims deserve the same protection under the law against racial profiling and discrimination as other citizens.
Haque-Hausrath and a man named David Cloud, who, like Norum, has a dhs.gov email address, were the only apparent recipients of the essay titled “YOU WORRY ME!” The content of the essay seems to advocate a “loyalty test” for Muslims and Arabs before they should be granted the same rights and freedoms afforded to other citizens of the United States.
“I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America …” the essay reads, in part. “Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads?”
The essay is purported to have been written by an American Airlines pilot named John Maniscalco. Federal Aviation Administration records show that a John Maniscalco was at one point an American Airlines pilot, but attempts to contact Maniscalco were unsuccessful. American Airlines did not respond to an inquiry from the Tribune.
Haque-Hausrath — a natural-born American citizen who was raised as a Muslim by his parents who emigrated to the United States from Pakistan (legally or illegally?) 40 years ago — was not only offended by the email’s contents but was shocked that Montana’s most senior ICE official would send such a vitriolic message with an apparent endorsement.
Interestingly in a law firm called BORDER CROSSING, Shahid Haque-Hausrath dedicates his practice to helping immigrants obtain legal status in the United Statesr. Mr. Haque-Hausrath assists clients with a wide variety of immigration matters, including applications with the consulates and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, representing clients arrested by the Department of Homeland Security, defending immigrants in removal proceedings in Immigration Court, and representing clients in criminal immigration proceedings in federal court. At the Border Crossing Law Firm, we focus exclusively on immigration law and provide quality legal services that are affordable and effective. We believe that there is no such thing as an illegal human being, and we use our knowledge and experience to help (illegal) immigrants obtain legal status in the United States.
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“I saw that he said it was a ‘good read,’ and then I started reading what it said, and it just started getting worse and worse,” Haque-Hausrath said. Haque-Hausrath said. “If it was sent to me on
purpose I take serious offense to that. The idea that he would send this message to the one Muslim attorney that he deals with, which says my loyalty to the United States should be questioned, is offensive. I’m an U.S. citizen. I was born and raised here. (Soooooo? So was the Fort Hood jihadist mass murderer)
Last week Haque-Hausrath obtained an attorney of his own and filed civil rights complaints with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility and with Norum’s supervisor in the Salt Lake City ICE office.
ICE officials declined to comment on the details of the complaints or any pending investigation into the matter.
Hamas-funder and supporter CAIR demands reprimand and more Islamic training for ICE Official Who Forwarded ‘Islamophobic’ Email.
TERRORIST FRONT GROUP CAIR says incident is further evidence of need for reform in training. Phony Muslim civil rights group and shari’a promoting organization CAIR today called for disciplinary action to be taken against a top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official in Montana who forwarded an Islamophobic email to a Muslim attorney.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also called for a review of ICE training on issues related to Islam and the American Muslim community.
“This incident is yet another example of why our nation’s security and counterterrorism agencies need to completely review and reform training and educational materials dealing with any issue related to Islam or American Muslims,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The fact that such a senior official would re-distribute materials questioning the loyalty of American Muslims is evidence of an internal breakdown in training and suggests that an atmosphere of intolerance may be present in the agency.”