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While the Anti Arab Discrimination Committee said Romney's remarks were "dangerous" and asked him to retract them, Romney told reporters that he stood by his comments.
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"How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who've come from terrorist sponsored states? Do we know Prada Tote Bags Nylon where they are? Are we tracking them?" the governor said, according to a transcript provided by his press aides.
Merrie Najimy, president of the American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts, said Romney's comments "outraged" many Muslims, who feel as though they have been under surveillance and profiled since the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
crimes and general meanness."
Najimy, who is Lebanese, said she does not think American society has "come a long way" since the attacks of four years ago, and that her organization still receives calls from Muslim Americans who say they've experienced job discrimination or harassment.
"When you do blanket surveillance without specific intelligence, then the whole community becomes suspect," said Najimy, who is also a teacher at Thoreau Elementary School in Concord. "When the leader of this state puts out statements like that, it encourages fear and hate toward a community they don't understand. It encourages hate Burberry Purse Hobo
He continued, "How about people in settings, mosques for instance, that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror? Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what's going on? Are we seeing who's coming in? Are we seeing who's coming out? Are we eavesdropping, carrying out surveillance on those individuals from places that sponsor domestic Burberry Style Iphone 5 Case
"If this is a man who's going to lead this country, and this is what he has in mind, then our civil liberties are at risk. We run the risk of becoming a police state," Najimy said.
"Surely, we have to recognize that some of this has gone on in mosques in the past," Romney said. "Most mosques are teaching doctrines of love and consideration, but there have been places of extremism where certain teachers have been identified as having been involved in or led to terrorist attacks. Let's not pretend that's not the case."
BOSTON A coalition of Muslim and civil libertarian organizations Friday demanded that Gov. Mitt Romney apologize for his comments last week, when he suggested that some mosques should be wiretapped. as potential or actual terrorists.
"When it comes to protecting our citizens, there is no place for political correctness," Romney said at an unrelated press conference. "We should be doing more in terms of intelligence and counterterrorism in the state to protect ourselves from terrorists. We spend a lot of our resources thinking about response, but response can't protect us. intelligence officials have information that a person is "preaching messages of hate and terror," then there should be sufficient grounds to conduct surveillance on them in their places of worship.
Massachusetts, the Islamic Society of Boston, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, The Interfaith Council of the Islamic Council of New England, and the Catholic Church of the Americas.
"Governor Romney, the safety of Massachusetts is built upon the trust all residents citizens and immigrants have in their government," the letter stated.
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