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Ten Years After Patriot Act, Time to Restore America’s Freedoms

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 12.09.05 AMMuslim Advocates released a report on the tenth anniversary of passage of the USA Patriot Act. Losing Liberty: The State of American Freedom 10 Years After the Patriot Act illustrates how the law opened a new era in which federal law enforcement erodes America’s cherished freedoms and wastes precious resources. In the report, which includes a forward by former Senator Russ Feingold, Muslim Advocates sets forth concrete steps Congress and the President should take to amend the law and uphold our nation’s founding freedoms, which are guaranteed to all Americans, regardless of faith.

Click here to read the full report.

The report offers an honest look at how the government has created and expanded unprecedented powers to spy on innocent Americans, how charitable giving has suffered because of stifling fears and confusing regulations, and ultimately, how the acceptance of religious and racial profiling has created a hostile environment and a breeding ground for anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • After the Patriot Act’s passage, the FBI quickly targeted the Muslim community for intensive surveillance:
  • In 2003, FBI Director Robert Mueller directed each of the FBI’s 56 field offices to count the number of Muslims, mosques, and Muslim-run charities in their regions.
  • The FBI also conducted so-called “voluntary” interviews resulting in the interviews of nearly 500,000 Muslim and Arab men during the period from 2001-2005 alone.
  • In late 2008, the FBI codified these practices by modifying its guidelines for agents to allow massive racial and ethnic data-gathering and expansive surveillance of mosques and other religious and political gatherings, without evidence of wrongdoing.
  • Today, the FBI has 15,000 spies and informants, mainly targeting the Muslim community, and as many as 45,000 “unofficial” informants.
  • If a donor unintentionally gives to a prohibited organization or gives to a valid charity that in turn gives to a prohibited actor, the government can freeze the assets of the good faith donor.
  • According to a recent survey, 22% of Americans say their opinion of Islam is “not too favorable” and 35% said that it is “not favorable at all.” Furthermore, 43% of Americans admit to feeling at least “a little” prejudice toward Muslims.
  • From 2001-2009, a report names 7 charitable organizations that have provided $42million+ to anti-Muslim organizations.
  • While 2% of the U.S. population is Muslim, they account for 25% of the total number of discrimination complaints against employers.
  • In a recent survey, of 78 Northern Virginia Muslim children ages 12-17, 80% reported that they had been subjected to bigoted taunts, epithets and harassment; 50% reported being called names in front of teachers and school administrators.

Click here to read the full report.


  1. Muslims are the minority, they should accept that, and they should also realise that they are the greatest victims of Islam, because Islam declares war on humanity, including muslims.
    Furthermore, Muslim Advocates should declare their associations with the Muslim Brotherhood. The fact is that America has a right and a duty to surveill muslims, who may not enjoy that fact, but if they are doing no wrong then there is nothing to be afraid of is there? To allow muslims to live as freely as the rest of americans is to endanger the rest of the americans. Muslims should definitely be placed under a wholly different system of laws, ones that are more like the sharia that they so love, and that they practise against non muslims in muslim countries.

    • Really? did it ever dawn on you that they were here? and there is no such thing as Sharia law this is America please take your head out of the media remember Martin Luther king, Muhammad Ali and Malcom X they were Muslims, second point is half if not more than half were born here and convert, if there is 1.5 billion converting to Islam who are you to say who is American and who is not? and lets use your rationality so i can breech your right to privacy too? i dont like you, you scare me and i am catholic so i can spy on you too right? whats good for the goose is good for the gander!

      also i didn’t know all the native Americans were standing at ellis island saying no one from Europe who made the 13 colonies could come here or there was an RSVP on the statue of liberty which by the way France gave us as a gift.

      to let hate run around in America is to endanger the safety and peace of the American public they have to abide by our laws just like you do freedom of religion!

      1 Peter 1:22
      Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have
      sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

      • During his lifetime King witnessed the
        birth of Israel and the continuing struggle to build a nation. He
        consistently reiterated his stand on the Israeli-Arab conflict, stating
        “Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is uncontestable”. It
        was no accident that King emphasized “security” in his statements on the
        Middle East.

        On March 25, 1968, less than two weeks
        before his tragic death, he spoke out with clarity and directness
        stating, “peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all
        our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I
        see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a
        marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be
        transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel
        means security and that security must be a reality.”

      • Writer Jerry Izenberg
        once noted that, “the Nation became Ali’s family and Elijah Muhammad
        became his father. But there is an irony to the fact that while the
        Nation branded white people as devils, Ali had more white colleagues
        than most African American people did at that time in America, and
        continued to have them throughout his career.”

        Ali converted from the Nation of Islam sect to mainstream Sunni Islam
        in 1975. In a 2004 autobiography, written with daughter Hana Yasmeen
        Ali, Muhammad Ali attributes his conversion to the shift toward Islam
        made by Warith Deen Muhammad after he gained control of the Nation of Islam upon the death of Elijah Muhammad in 1975. Later in 2005 he embraced spiritual practices of Sufism.

        With Ali’s track record, I am not sure if he is someone to laud in regard to any religion. He is an adulterer, for one. People trapped in islam, often make their progress in the western world, despite islam, and not because of it. The Nation of Islam is a disgusting racist organisation that should in fact be closed down, especially after Louis Farrakhan incited his followers to murder policemen.

      • Malcolm X – also involved in the criminal activities of the NOI. In 1963, he split with the Nation of Islam; in 1964, he made the
        pilgrimage to Mecca. Later that year, he showed signs of softening his
        stand on violence and even met with Martin Luther King Jr. to exchange
        remarks. What direction he might have ultimately taken is lost to a
        history that can never be written. As Malcolm X led a mass rally in
        Harlem on February 21, 1965, rival Black Muslims gunned him down.

        Did you read that? Rival black muslims gunned him down. Not white people, against whom he relentlessly preached hatred, but his own kind, in genetics and ideology. Is that not just totally diabolical.

        Also, it was african and arab muslims who hunted down blacks and abducted them for commerical purposes of self enrichment. Something that had been practised, and still is practised as halal, sunna, by muslims whom emulated mahomet as the perfect rolemodel. Just shows how crocked up humans are when they admire and adore and worship a mere sinful mortal and make evil acts as if holy.

      • As fpr exclusive rules only applicable to muslims, we have the moral obligation to limit and restrict and subdue, in mahomet’s own words, the expansion of an ideology so evil that it actually declares war on humanity, and incites humans to murder humans based on this racist political subversive violent arab political ideology, seeking world domination. The koran is hate speech against 4 fifths of mankind. The koran is a license to kill, rape and steal, even lie. It is because of Islam that we, the law abiding kaffirs, who live by the golden of love thy neighbour, are in fact having our privacy violated, since muslims give the government the pretext to do so. And this is how our democratic freedoms are being undermined. Muslims should be denied freedom of religion since their violent and deceitful jihad on kaffirs infringes on the rights of the kaffirs to live in safety, free from violence and threats. The first thing that should happen in our western democracies, is to strip islam of its privileged status as a religion and declare it a terrorist organisation based on the manner it which it breeds psychopaths so prolifically.

        • give it rest you have no idea what your talking about just like your god statement open your eyes sheep lady and stop believing everything you see on tv, TV rots your brain. Do your research and read, because the bible for thousands of years has killed people stop blaming a book for your own actions and act adult my son DIED IN AFGANISTAN the only psychopaths are people like you who sit there and think you know what you know from tv and movies and garbage stop and read and learn your starting to sound like the terrorists my kids fight in the military

      • As for Native Americans, they in turn took the territories from other peoples. Vast tracts of land were not inhabited either. By your logic, America should still be inhabited only by native americans, but that is not how humanity evolved. We explored and discovered the world and we filled the earth as God told us to do.

        As for hate, take a look again, and listen carefully to what the muslims are in fact saying and doing, and then ask yourself, is that the kind of culture you want to live in and see expanding in your land.

        Islam is a direct attack on Jesus Christ. That is why muslims are still murdering and subjugating christians today.

        1 Peter 5:9
        Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of
        believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

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