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22. Seattle Indymedia: CBP official cites "orders from above"

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the incident was a disturbing example of religious profiling that would have a chilling effect on the constitutional rights of American Muslims, particularly the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and the right to be "secure in their personsagainst unreasonable searches."

CBP officials on the scene cited "orders from above" to justify their actions. One CBP official reportedly agreed with a Muslim traveler that "it would not look good" if the news media saw the detention area filled exclusively with Muslims in Islamic attire. CAIR is investigating similar reports of demands for fingerprinting of conference attendees at other border crossings.

When contacted by CAIR, a CBP spokesman in Washington, D.C., initially said fingerprinting of American citizens would be a "violation of policy." He later said fingerprinting would be allowed "if there was a law enforcement reason for doing so," but would not state what that reason might be.

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  -Muslims claim unfair treatment at border Khephra  Dec-29-04 05:45 PM   #0 
  - check out the group for yourself  ayeshahaqqiqa   Dec-29-04 05:54 PM   #1 
  - And we continue the slide into fascism...  pinerow   Dec-29-04 06:27 PM   #2 
  - How come there is NO acknowledgement of ANTI-ISLAMISM?  Just Me   Dec-29-04 06:32 PM   #3 
  - Seems reasonable to me  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-29-04 07:48 PM   #4 
  - maybe they should do the same to members of militia  anakie   Dec-29-04 07:54 PM   #5 
  - Profile the militias and the Koresh groups, too.  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-29-04 08:10 PM   #7 
  - All Fundamentalist Christian Groups  atreides1   Dec-30-04 11:22 AM   #17 
  - I believe we did  OnlyInAmerica   Dec-30-04 11:58 AM   #18 
  - Depends upon whether they are selectively screening "terrorists".  Just Me   Dec-29-04 07:59 PM   #6 
     - Domestic vs foreign terrorists  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-29-04 08:26 PM   #8 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-29-04 09:04 PM   #9 
           - and your old testament is full of compassion  anakie   Dec-29-04 11:16 PM   #10 
           - True about Old Testment, but...  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-29-04 11:56 PM   #11 
           - Read my post #12.....  tx_dem41   Dec-30-04 12:26 AM   #13 
           - While I see your your point  leftynyc   Dec-30-04 12:29 PM   #20 
           - With the cases of Johnny Walker Lindh, Richard Reid....  tx_dem41   Dec-30-04 12:24 AM   #12 
              - Don't try to screen all Muslims, but in this case...  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-30-04 10:52 AM   #14 
                 - Refresh my memory.  Bridget Burke   Dec-30-04 11:00 AM   #15 
                    - I don't know, but...  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-30-04 11:14 AM   #16 
                       - "Specific" is a really good concept.  Bridget Burke   Dec-30-04 12:56 PM   #21 
                          - I have to agree.  SupplySideLiberal   Dec-30-04 08:26 PM   #23 
  - More invasive ,but ultimately worthless security  Feron   Dec-30-04 12:28 PM   #19 
  - Seattle Indymedia: CBP official cites "orders from above"  rainbow4321   Dec-30-04 03:00 PM   #22 

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