The LOS ANGELES TIMES has named Designated Terrorist Group CAIR’s executive director Nihad Awad as one of America’s “New Civil Rights Leaders”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said the Los Angeles Times has named its National Executive Director Nihad Awad as one of the nation’s “new civil rights leaders.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front group that was named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation HAMAS terror funding trial. Recently, the United Arab Emirates has added the Council on American Relation to its list of  Designated Terrorist Organizations

A rally of Hezbollah fighters (Photo: © Reuters); inset: Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR speaks under a Hezbollah flag at a rally in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2002. To Awad's right is Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the anti-Semitic head of of Masjid Al-Islam Mosque.

A rally of Hezbollah fighters (Photo: © Reuters); inset: Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR speaks under a Hezbollah flag at a rally in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2002. To Awad’s right is Imam Abdul Alim Musa, the anti-Semitic head of of Masjid Al-Islam Mosque.

Nihad Awad 

LA TIMES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER, COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS, AGE: 53, WASHINGTON, D.C.

CAIR is the nation’s most prominent Islamic advocacy organization, making Awad, its leader, one of America’s foremost Muslim voices in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks. The group monitors hate crimes and discrimination against Muslim Americans and pushes news releases and action alerts on issues affecting Muslims.

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Awad has been an outspoken opponent of blanket surveillance of Muslims, and his own email account was allegedly tracked by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2006 and 2008, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, (Nihad Awad is center photo) academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. Many of the email addresses on the list appear to belong to foreigners whom the government believes are linked to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, (Nihad Awad is center photo) academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. Many of the email addresses on the list appear to belong to foreigners whom the government believes are linked to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

“I’m outraged as an American citizen that my government, after decades of civil rights struggle, still spies on political activists and civil right activists and leaders,” Awad told the Intercept, the news organization that broke the story. “I’m really angry that despite all the work that we have been doing in our communities to serve the nation, we are treated with suspicion.”

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