Â Update from BNI:
THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS WIN: A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an anti-Muslim email to a Muslim immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case.Â READ MORE
Another nail in the coffin of free speech:Â
ABC speech policeÂ vilifiesÂ veteran officer:
Behind this witch hunt is none other thanÂ Ahmed Rehab, Council on American-Islamic Relations. (CAIR is a front for Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization)
October 12, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A veteran officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Chicago is being disciplined after posting hundreds of “racist and derogatory comments” on Facebook.
Islam is not a race. Roy Egan posted things like “Islam is a cult that glorifies death”- I can’t see a problem with that. Islam is what Muslims do and thousands of Muslims glorify death every day.
His name is Roy Egan. Not only were Officer Egan’s “racial and religious rants” open for anyone to see, for years he openly identified himself by name on Facebook and listed his employer as U.S. Homeland Security-TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.
For the past nine years, Egan has worked as a TSA baggage screener at O’Hare Airport. The 46-year-old has noted on his Facebook page, “I look for bad stuff going on airplanes.”
But it wasn’t Egan’s personal data that caught the eye of the I-Team. It was his public postings calling “Islam a cult that glorifies death…and a filthy religion.” It is a theme Egan repeated in postings just about every day: that Muslims should be exterminated.
In the garage at Egan’s southwest suburban home, the I-Team questioned the nine-year TSA officer about his anti-Muslim statements.
Goudie: “You posted those, didn’t you?
Egan: It was common stuff I picked off the web and made comments on.
Goudie: What does it say that a TSA officer is saying these kinds of things about Muslims?
Egan: I don’t refer to it in my job.”
Egan’s job is to screen baggage at O’Hare. Since 9/11, the treatment of Muslim travelers and allegations of Middle Eastern profiling, have dogged Homeland Security agencies.
Officer Egan recently posted, “does anything at all make you smile more than a Muslim burning by his own hateful hand.” He maintains such beliefs don’t interfere with his work.
Goudie: “How about if some Muslim name, on a piece of luggage comes by you? Does it get extra scrutiny?
Egan: No, no. That’s against the rules. I wouldn’t do it. There’s no reason for me to open it unless we’re mandated to open it via the machine telling us to. I would never discriminate against a passenger.
Goudie: Do you understand why this attracted our attention?
Egan: I suppose…I don’t hide what I do. I don’t think anything I’ve said is illegal. I don’t think, I definitely don’t do anything illegal.”
“It made me sick. It’s chilling to know that someone who is a federal employee and works at TSA of all places can hold these views with such hatred and such intensity, and to hold them publicly on his Facebook page unabashedly without any sort of regret. It really, it’s scary,” said Ahmed Rehab, Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Ahmed Rehab is making a lot of people sick these days.
Egan also posted against gays, Hispanics and blacks. He called President Obama “Muslim-in chief,” made racial comments on Obama’s skin color and said he hopes to “live long enough to see him die.” He described Michelle Obama as a “ghetto snipe” and other names unsuitable to print. And to Attorney General Eric Holder he posted, “die tasting your own blood.”
Egan: “If you read the comment, and it was based on an article that was written, and I’m just commenting on an article. I think he’s committing crimes against our citizens.
Goudie: And he should be dead.
Egan: I didn’t say that. I don’t like the guy.”
TSA officials would not speak on camera, but after learning of our findings TSA officials placed Egan on administrative leave and are moving to fire him.
In a statement, a spokesman said, “TSA has management directives in place governing employee conduct. We hold our security officers to the highest professional and ethical standards. TSA learned of the situation and took immediate steps to initiate the individual’s removal from federal service.”
In my conversation with Egan, conducted before he was suspended, the veteran TSA officer seemed immovable.
Egan: “I don’t do anything against policy, I’ve never done anything against policy that I’m aware of.
Goudie: You’re OK with the things that you’ve posted here, for the public to see?
Roy: I don’t know what you’re fishing for but I’m not trying to do anything against anybody. It’s commentary. It’s freedom of speech commentary.
Goudie: Why would you put this up for the public to see, though?
Roy: I’m not the only one. It’s all over the Internet.”
“We’re going to be in touch with TSA to work with them in order to ensure that this is not a situation that is replicated and that it’s not a deeper problem,” said Rehab.
TSA officials in Chicago declined to answer our questions about screener training and evaluation and whether authorities monitor social media in an attempt to weed out bigoted employees. TSA does have a code of conduct that requires its employees on or off duty to conduct themselves in a way that doesn’t cause the public to question their judgment or harm the agency’s mission.
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He sent aroundÂ this email, which I have received thousands of times; you probably have, too. Its language is harsh, but neither Hamas-linked CAIR nor Shahid Haque-Hausrath claim that anything in the email is actually false; they can’t do that, because there is no false statement in it. It calls on Muslims in America to show clearly that they oppose jihad terrorism. Instead, here again they act in a high-handed, bullying manner toward non-Muslims who dare point out the fact of terrorism committed in the name of Islam. This only arouses more suspicion, which they then ascribe to “Islamophobia.”
HELENA â€” A top Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official who sent an Islamophobic email to a Helena immigration attorney has been relieved of his supervisory duties, according to lawyers involved in the case.Earlier this month, Bruce Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer for the Helena Department of Homeland Security ICE field office, forwarded a racially charged email to Shahid Haque-Hausrath, a Helena immigration attorney of Pakistani descent.
Haque-Hausrath, a natural-born U.S. citizen who was raised in a Muslim household, took offense to the email and filed official complaints with DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice. Haque-Hausrath’s complaint maintained that it is unacceptable for a top-ranking ICE official with authority over immigrants of all races, nationalities and religious backgrounds to send such a racially charged email to anyone, especially from a work computer and during work hours.
What race is Islam again?
On Wednesday, Haque-Hausrath said he was contacted by Steven Branch, Norum’s supervisor in Salt Lake City, who said Norum is no longer serving as the supervisory detention and deportation officer for the Montana office.According to Haque-Hausrath, Branch, the director for ICE’s Salt Lake City field office, contacted Haque-Hausrath’s attorney last Friday to let him know that his office had received the complaint and was taking it seriously.
“He said he was taking swift action to make sure the credibility of his office wasn’t called into question, and to make sure I was able to continue to perform my duties without bias or retaliation,” Haque-Hausrath said. “He said he wanted to run a clean operation, and he understood that Bruce Norum’s actions compromised the integrity of that operation.”
ICE officials declined to comment on whether Norum’s status as supervisory detention and deportation officer had changed. ICE officials in Helena, Boise and Salt Lake City all referred calls to public information officer Carl Rusnok in the Dallas field office. Rusnok was not able to provide any specific details on Wednesday.
“We want to make sure we’re not violating anybody’s privacy, especially when we’re talking about an individual law enforcement officer,” Rusnok said.
Haque-Hausrath said he also was contacted Wednesday by a special agent with the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Haque-Hausrath said he is scheduled to meet with investigators next week to discuss Norum’s email.
“An investigation into Mr. Norum’s misconduct is going forward, and I am cooperating fully with that investigation,” Haque-Hausrath said.
According to Haque-Hausrath, Branch told him on Friday that Norum had been replaced, at least on a temporary basis, by longtime ICE officer Stewart Carlson.
“Officer Carlson has been a deportation officer who worked under Mr. Norum for many years. I have a good working relationship with Mr. Carlson, and I was pleased to hear he would assume the role as acting (supervisory detention and deportation officer),” Haque-Hausrath said.
Carlson also declined to comment, forwarding all questions to Rusnok.
Shortly after the Tribune reported on Norum’s email Sunday, the [Hamas-linked] Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, issued a press release demanding ICE take swift disciplinary action against Norum.
[Hamas-linked] CAIR also called for a review of ICE training on issues related to Islam and the American Muslim community.
“This incident is yet another example of why our nation’s security and counterterrorism agencies need to completely review and reform training and educational materials dealing with any issue related to Islam or American Muslims,” said [Hamas-linked] CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. “The fact that such a senior official would re-distribute materials questioning the loyalty of American Muslims is evidence of an internal breakdown in training and suggests that an atmosphere of intolerance may be present in the agency.”
Honest Ibe Hooper and Hamas-linked CAIR want our counterterrorism materials to give no hint that Muslims ever see incitement to terrorism in their religion’s texts and teachings. That would render us completely unprepared to deal with a threat that would blindside us every time it manifested itself. Could that be Hamas-linked CAIR’s goal? Naaaah, couldn’t be! They’reÂ moderates!
On Wednesday, Hooper said he welcomed the news that Norum has been relieved of his supervisory duties.”I think it shows that ICE is taking this incident seriously, and we’ll just have to wait for the ultimate outcome to make a final judgment,” Hooper said. “Obviously we welcome this initial action, and we hope that further steps are taken.”
Haque-Hausrath said if the investigation finds that Norum intentionally sent the inflammatory email to someone, regardless of whether he intended for Haque-Hausrath to be a recipient, then Norum should be terminated.
“My only hope is that an investigation is conducted fairly and that at the conclusion of the investigation, if Mr. Norum is found to have deliberately sent that message, then he should be terminated, and he should never serve in a supervisory capacity ever again,” Haque-Hausrath said.