ADC to Sue Departments of State and Defense for Failure to Protect US Citizens in Lebanon


Washington, DC | Sunday, July 23, 2006 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will file a federal lawsuit tomorrow claiming that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld failed to fulfill their constitutional and professional obligations and protect US citizens in a crisis or time of war.

In the lawsuit, ADC alleges that the defendants placed US citizens in peril by not taking all possible steps to secure the safety and well being of US citizens in Lebanon. Further, the lawsuit asks the Federal Court to issue an order compelling the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to request a ceasefire and to stop any shipments of weapons or any other military support to Israel during the evacuation of all US citizens out of Lebanon.

ADC is joined in the lawsuit by several American citizens who have returned from Lebanon after escaping the violence and others who remain in Lebanon. The lawsuit will be filed in Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. ADC and its co-plaintiffs are represented by the law firm of Nabih H. Ayad & Associates.

A press conference will be held tomorrow following the filing of the lawsuit-

When: 2:00 pm (EST) Monday July 24, 2006

Where: United States District Court

Eastern District of Michigan

231 West Lafayette Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48226

Press conference will be held at the front entrance (Fort Street Entrance)


ADC-Michigan Office: 313-581-1201

ADC Legal Department: 202-244-2990


Nabih H. Ayad

Nabih H. Ayad & Associates, P.C.

24500 Ford Road, Suite Two

Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127

734-749-4029 (Cell)

313-792-8200 (Office)

NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to combat racial stereotyping and to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.