The grounded imams incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport has been a public relations coup for the imams, their
supporters and their claims that the group’s only suspicious activity
was saying evening prayers.
Airways continues to defend its crew’s decision to pull the imams off a
plane last month, saying they took the seating configuration used by
9/11 hijackers, requested seat-belt extensions that could be used as
weapons and otherwise raised concerns.
Who are the parties involved here, who seem so interested in linking airport security with racial bigotry?
Council on American-Islamic Relations, the imams’ legal representative,
is an organization that “we know has ties to terrorism,” Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y., said in 2003. And the Muslim American Society, which
is also supporting the imams? It’s the American arm of the Muslim
Brotherhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, which called it “the
world’s most influential Islamic fundamentalist group.”
about Omar Shahin, the imams’ spokesman and also president of the North
American Imams Federation? He is a native of Jordan, who says he became
a U.S. citizen in 2003. From 2000 to 2003, Shahin served as president
of Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT), that city’s largest mosque.