Friday, August 30, 2013

  • CAIR-OH Seeks Input on New Facial Recognition System
    Attorney General Mike DeWine's panel to review security protocols for Ohio's facial recognition system will start meeting Sept. 10 -- and two civil rights groups are not on it. The nine-member group includes former and current judges, a prosecutor, a sheriff, a police chief and a coroner, but DeWine did not grant the requests of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Council on American Islamic-Relations' Ohio chapter to join the commission ... CAIR Ohio's letter, dated Thursday, said the facial recognition software impacts Muslim religious communities in Ohio, especially people who wear religious head coverings. "We have already received calls and concerns about how this policy is impacting our constituents when they are getting their image taken at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles," the letter said.
    • CAIR-Ohio Media Contacts: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216-830-2247,; CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200;; CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Hannah Tyler, 614-451-3232;
  • CAIR-FL: Military 'Debriefs' U.S. Citizens Returning From Syria (Tampa Bay Times)
    Hassan Shibly, executive director of the CAIR-Tampa, said federal agents, usually the FBI, often contact the Muslim community. But he said too often agents try to coerce someone to become an informant, sometimes by accusing them of lying to a federal agent. SOCom said it doesn't do that. Shibly said he urges Muslims to know their rights and insist that an attorney be present in interviews or that questions be given in writing. "If there is a reason to talk, we can work it out," Shibly said. "We don't have anything to hide."
  • Muslims Challenging U.S. 'No Fly' List Win Partial Court Victory (Reuters)
  • CAIR: NY Assemblyman Wants Al Jazeera America Dropped From Cable Packages (Audio)
  • Reminder: ISNA Attendees Invited to Tour CAIR's Capitol Hill HQ During Open House
    Also, please visit us at the ISNA bazaar at booths 1008 and 1010!

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