Homeland Security reps at OR Islamic Center forum

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BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland lawyer has told federal Department of Homeland Security representatives that the no-fly list is being used as a "cudgel" against Muslims traveling abroad to get them to give up their rights as U.S. citizens in exchange for the right to return home.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/4NYehA ) that Tom Nelson asked the representatives Thursday night what can be done to fix the problem and repair trust with Muslim-American citizens in Portland.

Kareem Shora is a senior policy adviser for Homeland Security. He told the gathering at the Islamic Center of Greater Portland that he could not speak on behalf of the FBI or other agencies that do not fall under his department. He urged people to keep talking with those agencies about problems.

Shora and another policy adviser, Abdi Farah, fielded questions and criticisms.

The meeting was arranged after two Portland-area men were temporarily blocked from flying home in January after they visited Libya. Neither man has been charged with a crime. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com