FBI CONDUCTS NEW INTERVIEWS WITH MUSLIMS AND ARABS - Mitch Perry

07/20/04

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents has begun interviewing Muslims and Arab-Americans in the United States in a bid to prevent terrorist attacks ahead of the November 2nd presidential election.

An FBI official told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity that a few dozen Muslim students, community leaders and businesspeople had already consented to be interviewed, stressing the interview subjects were not suspects.

Altaf Ali is the Director of the Florida Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Orlando. He told WMNF today that he thinks the interviews have more to do with politics than national security.

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The FBI warned on Friday that Al-Qaeda may be recruiting non-Arabs less likely to attract the notice of security personnel to carry out attacks inside the United States.

Calls to the FBI were unreturned by airtime...

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