Detention of Muslim Americans in Canada "Blatant Case of Religious Profiling," CAIR Says

January 3, 2005

Source: The Epoch Times

On January 3, 2005 The Epoch Times reported, "Last week 38 Muslim Americans were detained while traveling back to the United States from an Islamic conference in Toronto, Canada. 'This is the most blatant case of religious profiling,' said Mr. Wissam Nasr of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Inc (CAIR). Nasr said that there was no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity or smuggling. He attributes the search to the fact that they were identified as Muslims from the head scarves the women wore. Kristie Clemens, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said agents stopped anyone who said they attended the three-day convention, titled 'Reviving the Islamic Spirit,' based on information that such gatherings can be a means for terrorists to promote their cause."