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Muslim Group Upset Over Possible University of Missouri Hiring

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COLUMBIA, MO (KMOX) - The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is upset with one of the possible choices to head up a top administrative job at the University of Missouri.

Local CAIR executive director Faizan Syed is in Columbia, protesting against the possible hiring of Larry James to a top post in the College of Education. James previously served as director of the behavioral science division at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison.

“His team at both Guantanamo Bay Prison and Abu Ghraib Prison were not directly involved in torturing people who were there but they were involved in the oversight and the administration of possibly torture of the victims who were in these two prisons,” Syed said.

For his part, James says he cleaned up misconduct at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and advised those in charge not to use isolation and sleep deprivation programs on detainees. He is one of two finalists for the position.

“We believe that such a person should not be rewarded by being given such a prestigious position at Mizzou University,” Syed added.

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