The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it has provided special training about Islamic traditions related to the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, to some 45,000 airport security officers. Transportation Security Administration
The TSA Alert and the CAIR press release are mirror images. We should never have capitulated to the Democrats and made TSA a goverment agency. It should have been private. No self respecting business would make such a stupid, suicidal move and hope to stay in business. Check out the State Department website hailing the move here.
OTOH, and I can't believe I am saying this, but maybe the Dems can be tougher on the war on Islamism here. Babs no less.
CAIR Welcomes TSA Hajj Sensitivity Training TSA Website
WASHINGTON -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that it has provided special training about Islamic traditions related to the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, to some 45,000 airport security officers.
The TSA cultural sensitivity training includes details about the timing of Hajj travel, about items pilgrims may be carrying and about Islamic prayers that may be observed by security personnel. See: http://usinfo.state.gov/ (Search using the term "Hajj.").
Earlier this month, CAIR advised those going on Hajj to be aware of their civil and legal rights as airline passengers. CAIR's "Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim" pocket guide states: "As an airline passenger, you are entitled to courteous, respectful and non-stigmatizing treatment by airline and security personnel. You have the right to complain about treatment that you believe is discriminatory."
"We welcome the fact that airport security officers nationwide will now be better informed about Islamic traditions relating to Hajj," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "This proactive effort on the part of the Transportation Security Administration demonstrates that there is no contradiction between the need to maintain airline safety and security and the duty to protect the religious and civil rights of airline passengers." More here
UPDATE 6:58 PM: CAIR ALERT! MUSLIM FAMILY CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION BY RACIAL PROFILING AT AIRPORT - TOP KGET-TV, 1/1/07
BAKERSFIELD - It was supposed to be a fun family reunion, but instead a Bakersfield family claims their Muslim father had a hard time getting to Bakersfield from Germany because of airport security.
This is familiar territory to the Islamic community where someone is allegedly subjected to discriminatory treatment while traveling.
UPDATE: Must read Andrew McCarthy piece on this here at NRO.