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Tucson-Phoenix Mosques under FBI Investigation

By Edward Campbell

TUCSON (Al-Masakin) Officials for the Islamic Center of Tucson (ICT) and Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Arizona met with FBI officials in Tucson July 29 to discuss the recent questioning of members of the Muslim communities in Phoenix and Tucson.
Tucson-Phoenix Mosques under FBI Investigation [PDF]
Tucson-Phoenix Mosques under FBI Investigation [PDF]
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.

homepage: homepage: http://majdur.htmlplanet.com
phone: phone: (520) 275-0285
address: address: Tucson, AZ

:::Final::: 30.Jul.2004 17:20

Edward Campbell

Corrected Final Draft in PDF
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:::Final:::Tucson-Phoenix Mosques under FBI Investigation [PDF]

Spot the spin... 31.Jul.2004 01:20

Tony Blair's dog

"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."


If the FBI knows of an "impending" terror attack and then goes about
doing random searches, what does that tell you about the validity
of the searches?

Then;

"They're only gathering information. Nobody is under investigation. Its nothing to be concerned about."

Hehehe...can you get closer to a police state intimidation?

The Muslim Observer Aug. 6 12.Aug.2004 14:25

Edward Campbell

This article appeared in The Muslim Observer Aug. 6, 2004.
The Muslim Observer Aug. 6 [PDF]
The Muslim Observer Aug. 6 [PDF]

Full Circle 06.Apr.2005 17:07

Al-Masakin

According to Muslims sources in Portland recently questioned by the FBI, the FBI is attempting to make contact with every Muslim in the United States. The Imam Mohamed Kariye case shows that the FBI not only uses the information gathered during these casual "happy chats" about people like Majdur inter alios, but also turns and cultivates informants. Indeed Sheik Mohamed was used as a backboard in a sting operation against Majdur Travail. But, more than this, the FBI and the CIA are in fact recruiting from within the Mosques. Native Arabic speakers are being offered up to $100,000 per year to go to, or return to, Baghdad to facilitate investiagtions and interrogations. Many sucker for this ploy are Shiite Iraqi expatriates.

In the last analysis, the Mosques are riddled with spies right now.

RELATED: Portland Imam Mohamed Kariye Flips Informant  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/04/314853.shtml