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Task Force Outraged by Report of FBI Surveillance of Muslim Community Leaders

Date: 
July 09, 2014

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Task Force Outraged by Report of FBI Surveillance of Muslim Community Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2014 —The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is deeply concerned over reports that the FBI has targeted U.S. Citizens for surveillance on the basis that their religious identity is evidence of terrorist activity.

"This is completely unacceptable and the American public should be outraged. The FBI has apparently been targeting American Muslim religious leaders for surveillance on seemingly bias-based suspicion of terrorism.

"Our nation's history is scarred with examples of secret surveillance of entire communities based purely on bias: it was wrong to surveil gay men and lesbians in the 50s, it was wrong to surveil African-American Civil Rights leaders in the 60s; it was wrong to surveil women's rights leaders in the 70s, and it is wrong today to surveil civil rights leaders of the American Muslim community. We stand with a broad coalition of religious and civil rights leaders in calling on President Obama to initiate an investigation and end this practice immediately," said Rea Carey, Task Force Executive Director.

The Task Force has long stood up against bias-based profiling by lobbying for the End Racial Profiling Act, standing with civil rights leaders to change New York City's profiling policies, and working with the Department of Justice to amend the definition of profiling to include bias-based profiling restrictions that protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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