Muslim coalition to hold briefing on Obama trip, civil liberties concerns

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, will hold a briefing to discuss President Obama’s visit to Turkey and how his visit relates to the issues of: the rise of Islamophobia in the US, deteriorating relations between the FBI and American Muslims, the dissemination of inaccurate and agenda-driven information by DHS-recognized “fusion centers,” and Muslims’ concerns about new Justice Department guidelines that allow ethnicity and race to be factors in opening an FBI probe. The press conference will take place on Monday, April 6th at noon, in Washington DC.

AMT chairperson Agha Saeed stated that “While it is vitally important for President Obama to reach out to the Muslim world, it is equally important that he address serious concerns American Muslims have about domestic policies that negatively impact civil liberties and seem to reflect the growth of Islamophobic attitudes in our nation.”