Law Enforcement Influence Operation
Date: August 30, 2010
According to CAIR’s 8/30 American Muslim News Brief, the organization filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Illinois State Police (ISP) on behalf of Kifah Mustapha, a “leading Muslim religious leader” (Imam) and based in Chicago. Kifah Mustapha was recently hired by the ISP. After a report was released accusing him of having held leadership positions in radical Islamic organizations, the ISP revoked its decision to hire the man.
CAIR responded that: “Imam Kifah is an upstanding citizen who has served this country and his community time and again,” said Christina Abraham, CAIR-Chicago’s civil rights director. “It is time to put an end to the fear-mongering and anti-Muslim rhetoric that has senselessly engulfed our nation.”
“The ISP’s actions here are reminiscent of Red Scare in the 1950s, when our nation smeared individuals based on suspicion and paranoia rather than evidence of wrong doing,” said CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney, Kevin Vodak. “The McCarthy era taught us that our government cannot engage in guilt by association.”