“We have been informed that the FBI may be starting to question some of the community members about the two suspects. Insha’Allah we want to help as much as we can, but of course not put ourselves at risk either.” This unsigned email from the ISB could have told members to cooperate fully. Instead, it fosters the victim mindset by telling them to contact the ACLU and lawyer up. Why? What do they have to hide? Innocent people should be able to talk to investigators without any problem.
“EMAIL: Islamic Society of Boston Tells Members to Call ACLU,” from Breitbart News, April 25 (thanks to CGW):
Breitbart News has obtained an email sent from the Islamic Society of Boston to its members earlier this week. The email instructs members to “know their rights” and contact the ACLU for representation, while mentioning that “we want to help as much as we can, but…”
The Islamic Society of Boston was the mosque where Tamaerlan Tsarnaev was known to worship. Tsarnaev made two inappropriate outbursts during sermons at the ISB, but returned shortly after.
From: Islamic Society of Boston [mailto:XXXXXXXX@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: [boston-net] Fwd: lawyers
Assalamu Alaikum brothers and sisters,
We have been informed that the FBI may be starting to question some of the community members about the two suspects. Insha’Allah we want to help as much as we can, but of course not put ourselves at risk either. Seeking representation does not imply any guilt on your part but is simply a way of protecting your own rights. Please do not hesitate to use the information listed below or contact the ISB Cambridge Mosque for any other resources.
Jazak Allah Khair
Islamic Society of Boston
If you get contacted by the FBI, please know your rights.
You have the right to legal representation.
Please contact the ACLU — they have lawyers in the legal department who are present and ready to talk to you.
ACLU phone number 617 482 3170
Legal Department: Ext: 323 or 318