Ilhan Omar: After 9/11, “many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them”

Ilhan Omar’s message here is a familiar one: that Muslims were the real victims of 9/11. That they had “their civil rights stripped from them.” That they were now all being treated as suspects.

None of this is true. There was no wholesale targeting of innocent Muslims after 9/11. FBI hate crime statistics year after year show Jews, not Muslims, as the primary victims of hate crimes. Muslims have not been stripped of any civil rights. But many have used the kinds of charges that Omar makes here to stymie counterterror efforts and stigmatize counterterror analysts, and they’ve had great success with that.

“Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony,” by Zack Budryk, 

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Sunday responded to a family member of a 9/11 victim who called her out on the anniversary of the attacks, saying she intended to highlight civil rights violations.

“9/11 was an attack on all Americans. It was an attack on all of us, and I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the families of the victims of 9/11 must feel,” Omar said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“It’s important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting the aftermath of 9/11, [when] many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them, and so what I was speaking to was that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me as suspect,” she added.

Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother died in the World Trade Center, gave a speech on the anniversary last week while wearing a shirt with the words “Some people did something,” a reference to comments Omar made to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Haros also singled out Omar, saying, “‘Some people did something,’ said a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota. … Today I am here to respond to you exactly who did what to whom.”

In her remarks, Omar said the fight for Muslims’ civil rights in the wake of the attacks was necessary because “some people did something” and “all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.” Omar was excoriated for the comment on the right by people accusing her of minimizing the attacks, and death threats against her spiked….

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