Political Influence Operation
Date: May 6, 2010
The Washington state chapter of CAIR announced that a webinar on security technology for law enforcement personnel co-sponsored by Security Solutions International (SSI) was canceled after two of the presenters withdrew from the event. SSI’s April 29 webinar was to include presentations by employees of Microsoft, ESRI, the Seattle Police Department, and Washington State Patrol.
CAIR’s press release said that “critics have accused SSI of unfairly linking the faith of Islam to terrorism in its presentations” and “in its trainings, SSI has offered misinformation about Islamic history… and smeared mainstream American Muslim organizations.
CAIR said that SSI promotes the documentary “Obsession” which it called a “hate-filled Islamophobic” film featuring “a veritable who’s who of Muslim-bashers.”
“We commend the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Patrol for listening to community concerns about a group that promotes anti-Muslim stereotypes and conspiracy theories,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari. “Law enforcement agencies nationwide need training that is free of religious and political agendas and that does not promote racial profiling.”