Monday, November 7, 2016

FBI Questions Muslims in 8 States on Terrorism; Muslim Rights Head: Questions Unconstitutional

A civil rights organization for American Muslims says the FBI questioned Muslims in at least eight states on November 5 and 6, seeking information about a possible threat from al-Qaeda to carry out pre-election terror attacks, the Washington Post website reports today (November 7, 2016).

The Muslims were asked eight questions -- including several special to al-Qaeda -- said Hassan Shibly, a lawyer and the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Florida.

He said his clients were asked whether they knew the al-Qaeda leaders killed in U.S. military airstrikes last month, who U.S. officials believe were connected to the alleged plot, and whether they knew of anyone who wished to cause harm to Americans at home or abroad.

Shibly said it appeared only Muslims of Afghani and Pakistani descent were questioned. He called the FBI actions "outrageous" and "unconstitutional."

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