[IMC-Boston-Dispatch] Fwd: Mass. Governor Stands by Comments About
Wiretapping Mosques As Muslim Groups Demand Apology
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> Subject: Mass. Governor Stands by Comments About Wiretapping
> Mosques As Muslim Groups Demand Apology
> In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful
> September 19, 2005
> Mass. Governor Stands by Comments About Wiretapping Mosques As
> Muslim Groups
> Demand Apology
> By Theo Emery
> The Associated Press via ABC News
> Sep 16, 2005
> BOSTON Sep 16, 2005 - Muslim groups and civil libertarians demanded an
> apology from Gov. Mitt Romney on Friday for his comments about
> mosques and monitoring foreign students. But the governor refused,
> saying he
> was only advocating for improved homeland security.
> The groups delivered a letter to Romney that said "your desire to
> mosques is an affront to the values and principles that make
> America a great
> country." The groups include the American Civil Liberties Union and
> mosques and Islamic organizations.
> After the letter was delivered, spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said the
> would not apologize or retract his comments.
> Romney made the remarks Wednesday during a speech in Washington at the
> Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. He referred to the
> 120 colleges and universities and speculated about students who are
> countries that sponsor terrorism, asking "Do we know where they
> are, are we
> tracking them?"
> He also spoke about gathering intelligence at mosques "that may be
> doctrines of hate and terror."
> "Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping?" he asked. "Are we
> what's going on? Are we seeing who's coming in, who's coming out?
> Are we
> eavesdropping, carrying out surveillance on those individuals from
> that sponsor domestic terror?"
> Romney, who is considering a run for president in 2008, said Friday
> he wasn't suggesting anything beyond the scope of what's done by
> the FBI
> today. But some Muslims said that Romney is stereotyping all
> Muslims as
> terrorists and promoting dangerous policies that erode civil
> Hamza Pelletier, spokesman for the Muslim American Society Freedom
> Foundation, said his group planned to attend all of Romney's public
> appearances until he retracts the statements.
> Abu-Ali Court Hearings Postponed
> Court hearings for Ahmed Abu-Ali to be held Monday to Wednesday,
> 19 to 21 at 9:30 a.m. each day at the U.S. District Court in
> Alexandria, VA,
> have been postponed until a date to be determined in October.
> The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation will provide details
> as they
> become available.
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