So, now we know why Christie refused to comment on the Ground Zero Victory Mosque controversy.
NY TIMES – One of Christie’s nominees for Superior Court judgeships is Sohail Mohammed, a MUSLIM lawyer who represented many detainees swept up by the government in the post-9/11 period.
The lawyer, Sohail Mohammed, worked in the aftermath of the attacks to try to foster trust between American Muslims and law enforcement, particularly federal officials. He is a board member of the American Muslim Union. Mr. Christie, a United States attorney, was a regular guest at that group’s annual Ramadan dinner and spoke highly of Mr. Mohammed’s work. Chistie hosted an Iftar dinner at the Governors’s residence during Ramadan in August 2010 for Muslim leaders.
Mr. Mohammed was on former Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s short list of potential judicial appointees, but he was not nominated. He would serve on the court in Passaic County. His appointment requires confirmation by the State Senate. Mr. Mohammed declined to comment.
AP–What should raise a red flag about this appointee is his remarks following the arrest of the 6 Muslim men charged with plotting to slaughter scores of soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J. Their goal was “to kill as many American soldiers as possible” in attacks with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and guns, prosecutors said.
In January 2006, a store clerk in New Jersey saw something. A group of Muslim men had brought him a video showing them firing assault weapons and chanting, “God is Great!” in Arabic. They wanted him to transfer the footage onto a DVD.
And thus began the downfall of one of the most thoroughly infiltrated and documented group of terrorism suspects in recent history –six men from Yugoslavia and the Middle East who were charged Tuesday with plotting to slaughter scores of American soldiers at Fort Dix and perhaps other military installations in the Northeast.
Referring to the Fort Dix Six, Sohail Mohammed was quoted as saying, “If these people did something, then they deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sohail Mohammed. “But when the government says –Islamic militants,’ it sends a message to the public that Islam and militancy are synonymous.””Don’t equate actions with religion,” he said.
Just what New Jersey needs, a judge who thinks like a Shari’a compliant Muslim and tries to convince us that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.
Sohail Mohammed, an immigration lawyer who represented detainees caught in the post-Sept. 11 furor, watches the Fox series ‘24’ at his office in Clifton, N.J. “Somewhere, some lunatic out there watching this will do something to an innocent American Muslim because he believes what he saw on TV,” Mohammed said.