Due to recent terror threats from Al Qaeda, allegedly planned for Monday, the day before the presidential election, the FBI questioned Muslim-Americans over the weekend – and an Islamic civil rights organization is throwing a fit.
The terror threat was reportedly related to a top al Qaeda leader,Faruq al Qatani, who was killed in a drone strike on October 23. The states of New York, Virginia and Texas were threatened, according to the FBI.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said they have received complaints from several Muslims who said they were questioned by the FBI over the weekend, and they’re sending out warnings to Muslims all across the country to call CAIR for an attorney right away if an FBI agent shows up at their door.
Alia Salem, a North Texas CAIR director, said they’re being “profiled.”
“Our law enforcement is very important. The FBI serves an important purpose in our country. But we have to do so observing our rights and helping to protect our families and our communities from any unwarranted aggression or profiling,” Salem said in a video to fellow Muslims.
The FBI is knocking on Muslim’s doors this weekend. Do you know what to do? Hint: it does not include inviting them in for tea & cookies pic.twitter.com/MHB5NnX2jr
— Alia Salem (@aliarsalem) November 6, 2016
The Daily Mail reported that a Florida lawyer and CAIR director, Hassan Shibly, said six of his “clients” called him to report they were questioned by the FBI, including being asked if they knew anyone killed in the drone strikes, or if they knew anyone who might want to harm Americans.
Shibly claimed the only connection those interviewed had to the threat was their religion or ethnicity. They were all of Afghan or Pakistan descent, and were from eight states including California, Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Texas.
“The FBI actions . . . to conduct a sweep of American Muslim leaders the weekend before the election is completely outrageous and . . . borderline unconstitutional,” Shibly said. “That’s the equivalent of the FBI visiting churchgoing Christians because someone overseas was threatening to blow up an abortion clinic. It’s that preposterous and outrageous.”
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