The New York Post reports that Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks is protesting to the government over the interrogation of Anwar Hajjaj at JFK Airport over his possible ties to terrorism. Meeks says that Hajjaj suffered “unwarranted scrutiny.”
The newspaper reports that Hajjaj is the director of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth International (WAMY) and the former leader of the Taibah International Aid Association, both of which have been tied to Al-Qaeda.
The Post notes that the WAMY is the defendant in a lawsuit and a U.S. District Court Judge recently refused to dismiss the organization, ruling that the evidence was “sufficient to demonstrate that they are knowingly and intentionally providing material support to al Qaeda.”
“I also adamantly believe that securing our homeland must be done without risking the unfair or discriminatory treatment of any in our society as is our constitutional duty,” Meeks said.
Hajjaj says he has known Meeks since 2006 when his associate became his chief of staff.
“It is shocking that one of New York’s congressmen could criticize the Department of Homeland Security for doing it’s job just because he knows the person being questioned,” said Ryan Mauro, the Christian Action Network’s National Security Advisor.