Ahmed Bedier on Terrorist Plot by Mitch E. Perry08/10/06
Hours after it was announced that 21 individuals in England had been arrested for allegedly plotting to use liquid explosives on passenger flights traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States, in Washington, the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR, issued a press release condemning all acts of terrorism.
This afternoon in Tampa, local representatives of CAIR held a news conference where they said essentially the same thing. Ahmed Bedier is the spokesman for the Florida Chapter of CAIRâ€¦Heâ€™s also a programmer on WMNF (roll tape#1 o.q. â€œsafe and secure airportsâ€?)
In Washington, officials with the Council of American-Islamic Relations say they are especially worried that language used to described the suspects could spark a "religious war." And some took issue with President Bush's statement that "this nation is at war with Islamic fascism."
The 19 hijackers that led to the deaths of over 2800 Americans on 9/11 came from 4 different Muslim based Arab nations â€“ Saudi Arabia, Egypt.
After September 11th, 2001, when 19 Muslims were found to be the hijackers who brought down the 4 planes that resulted in the deaths of over 2800 Americans, many Arabs and Muslims say they are frequently accused of being terrorists or terrorist supporters, which is why Ahmed Bedier from the Council on American Islamic Relations says it is critical that his group condemn such acts â€“ or purported acts, like the news out of Great Britain (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?members of the Muslim communityâ€?)
But because he is always called to condemn such acts, WMNF asked Ahmed Bedier, co â€“host of the WMNF program â€œTrue Talkâ€? which airs every other Friday morning- if he ever gets weary that men of his faith are frequently alleged to be the culprits of such plots against the west (roll tape#3 o.q.â€?that would be unfairâ€™)