Political Influence Operation
Date: May 4, 2010
CAIR issued a press release in response to the May 1, 2010 attempted Times Square bombing entitled “Muslims Welcome Arrest in Times Square Bomb Plot,” which focused mainly on combating a theoretical “backlash” against Muslims than the attempted terrorist attack itself.
CAIR said “the alleged actions of the Pakistani-American suspect are not representative of the nation’s Muslim community and urged fellow citizens not to allow the incident to be exploited to advance growing anti-Islam sentiment.”
At a news conference in Washington, D.C., CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: “Any person who is afraid to contact the authorities directly should contact CAIR. We will then assist these individuals in contacting relevant authorities.” Awad continued:
“We urge that our fellow citizens and our nation’s leaders reject the inevitable exploitation of this incident by those individuals and groups devoted to demonizing Islam, marginalizing American Muslims and feeding the unfortunately growing Islamophobic sentiment in our society.
The release closes by urging “American Muslim individuals and institutions to protect against any possible backlash by reviewing advice on security procedures contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”