November 7, 2011To: Minnesota Law Enforcement Agencies
The undersigned Minnesota Somali and Muslim organizations would like to bring to yourattention an upcoming anti-Muslim and anti-Somali training for Minnesota law enforcement,
g the People of Somalia, Their History, Their Culture and Their Lives in
America.” This training is scheduled for November 10, 2011. We believe that because of the presenters‟ lack of academic or sound knowledge about “Islamic Extremism” and “YouthGangs,”
as well as their history of controversial statements against the Somali and Muslimcommunity, your agency
was misled about these presenter‟s qualifications and
attendees willreceive inaccurate and biased information about Muslims and Somalis.The training brochure
refers to Al Shabaab as an “Islamic extremist terrorism” organization and
fails to distinguish between Islam and terrorism. One of the presenters is also referred to as a
speaker on “Islamic extremism.” The Muslim community rejects this biased
labeling of areligion practiced by over 1.4 billion people worldwide.Trainings by unqualified, agenda-driven individuals influence the way peace officers perceiveand treat the American Muslim community, leading to a rise in racial and religious profiling.
Recent reports have highlighted the FBI‟s use of biased experts and anti
-Muslim trainingmaterials nationwide. This problem extends well beyond FBI trainings. The United StatesCongress is now scrutinizing these practices.
See: Congress Grills FBI Chief About Anti-Islam Trainingshttp://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/fbi-chief-anti-islam-training/
In light of this prevalence of inaccurate and biased information, law enforcement agenciesaround the country must take a closer look at the credentials of purported experts on Muslims,including Somali Muslims, before allowing their officers to be trained by them.The seminar on November 10, 2011, is sponsored by the Center for Somalia History Studies(CSHS), which was incorporated a little over a month ago by former Ramsey County Sherriff Bob Fletcher. As of November 6
, 2011, the organization‟s website contains no information other
than a brochure and registration information for the upcoming seminar. Because the organizationhas only been in existence for a short time, no IRS information is available.
See: Center for Somali History Studieshttp://centerforsomaliahistorystudies.com
Two of the presenters, Omar Jamal and Dahir Jibreel, have current or former affiliation with theSomali Justice Advocacy Center (SJAC), which was incorporated in 2004. According to IRS
disclosure regulations, “… exempt organizations must make their three most recently filed
annual 990 or 990-PF returns and all related supporting documents available for publicinspection. This public disclosure rule also applies to Form 1023, which is filed to obtain exempt
status.” There are no records for SJAC since its incorporation. We not only question how this