Spokesman for the Islamic Center of Tucson Mohammad Assad and Deedra Abboud of CAIR-AZ met with Brian D. Filbert and Roland J. Mignone of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Tucson on Thursday to arrange a possible meeting between the FBI Muslim communities in Tucson and Phoenix.
The FBI has tentatively agreed to first meet with Phoenix area Imams, followed by a meeting between the boards of directors of the several Phoenix area mosques, culminating in an August 10 town hall meeting in Phoenix where the FBI could meet the broader Muslim community.
The Islamic Center of Tucson is planning a similar meeting between the FBI and the board of directors of the ICT followed by a meeting between the FBI and the local Muslim.
The Tucson and Phoenix offices of the FBI have been conducting random interviews of local Muslims under the pretext that local Muslims may have information about an impending terror attack intended to disrupt the November 2 presidential election.
Deedra Abboud said that the FBI told her that they wanted to conduct these interviews when the interviewee is comfortable with the hope that the interviewee "may say something that the FBI may find significant." And that the FBI told her that the interviewees "may know something that they are not aware of." The FBI described the interviews as "friendly chats." Mohammad Assad said, "They're only gathering information. Nobody is under investigation. Its nothing to be concerned about."
According to Deedra Abboud the FBI has developed a database of names based on information obtained from individuals previously under investigation. "You may be the friend of a friend of someone who was once under investigation, or maybe you went to the same school as someone who was once under investigation, or lived in the same apartment complex as someone who was once under investigation," she said.
The FBI has also reportedly obtained the names of Muslim students from Arizona State University under the pretext that a presidential debate will be held there on Oct. 13 and from the US Census Bureau.