Muslim Americans were detained near the Canadian border upon returning from the "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" conference in Canada. However, this conference has featured some attendees who should have drawn the attention of Homeland Security.
Once again the ACLU wanted to outlaw common sense under the pretext of protecting constitutional rights. However, in this case, a federal judge in Buffalo, NY ruled against them. They are, of course, planning to appeal.
The judge correctly noted, "As unfortunate as this incident may have been, I find that it was not unconstitutional," for Customs and Border Protection "had reason to believe that these conferences would serve as meeting points for terrorists to exchange ideas and documents, coordinate operations, and raise funds intended for terrorist activities." The fingerprinting, photographing and vehicle searches were necessary to verify that U.S.-based conferees were not attempting to "use the conference as cover."
Here is the wicked word twisting of the ACLU direct from their own site:
“As this decision demonstrates, we now are reaching a point in this country where the ‘war on terrorism’ has turned into a war on the constitution,” said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “With the recent disclosures about government spying on political activity, we no longer can trust our government to respect our most cherished traditions, including our right to religious freedom.”
Isn't it incredible how the ACLU can feign love of religion when it suits their nefarious purposes.
Homeland Security officials said they had information that potential terrorists might have attended the "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" conference or other similar gatherings. So they ordered customs inspectors to photograph, fingerprint and question everyone who said they attended the conference. Kristi Clemens, spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was quoted as saying, "In this instance, we had credible intelligence that conferences similar to the one from which these individuals were leaving were being used by terrorist organizations to fundraise and to hide the travel of terrorists themselves.
The issue here is not that these people attended a "religious" conference, it is whether or not these conferences may be a method for terrorists and other radical Islamists to cross the American border at will. That seems to be of no concern to the ACLU.
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