27 Dec 2005
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) views with utter distaste recent revelations that the American government has since September 2001 secretly spied on Muslim homes, places of worship and private institutions in the US for signs of radiation.
‘These disclosures are very disturbing. They represent a dangerous assault on civil liberties and reveal a crass disregard for universally upheld freedoms’, said Sir Iqbal Sacranie, MCB Secretary-General.
Following recent revelations concerning the CIA’s ‘rendition’ and the torture of ‘terror suspects’ in secret jails in eastern Europe, this latest scandal further undermines US credibility and world standing.
The MCB maintains that while it is the right of governments to protect their citizens and national interests, they are equally obliged to respect the rule of international law and fundamental human rights.
‘The MCB offers its fullest support to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and sister organizations in the US in their efforts to protect Muslims rights’, Sir Iqbal added.[ENDS]