Sikh Group Seeks FBI, NSA Emails Using Slurs Against Them

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 09:15 PM

By Cathy Burke

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Sikh group asked intelligence authorities Thursday to disclose internal emails since Sept. 11, 2001, showing FBI and National Security Agency employees using slurs like "rag head" and "towel head."

The Sikh Coalition announced it had filed the request under the Freedom of Information Act.

The National Journal noted the request comes in response to an Edward Snowden leak reported last week revealing the agencies monitoring the emails of five high-profile Muslim-Americans with no ties to terrorism.

The same leak revealed that in one 2005 file, an agency target was logged onto a spreadsheet as "Mohammed Raghead," the National Journal reported.

"As Americans, we expect law-enforcement officials to behave like adults," Amardeep Singh, program director of the Sikh Coalition, said in a statement. "The Sikh Coalition will not tolerate the use of racial or religious slurs by people who are supposed to protect us."

The White House has ordered a review of standards on tolerance and diversity, the Journal reported.

Sikhs, whose religion requires men to wear turbans, have faced a wave of violence since 9/11 from assailants mistaking them for Muslim extremists – including a 2012 siege at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in which six were fatally shot.

"I can’t imagine what would happen if the FBI or NSA were using epithets against black people or the Jewish community in this day and age. I would expect heads to roll," Singh told Agence France-Presse.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-sex Marriage Ban

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 21:52 PM

A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks . . .

Judge Rules Arkansas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 20:45 PM

A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment defining marriage as being only the uni . . .

Obamacare Architect to Testify on ACA's 'Deceptions'

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 20:12 PM

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, whose comments citing the healthcare law's lack of transparency and mocking "the st . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved