“The North Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations has received reports that Muslims from Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Texas were questioned by FBI agents, according to Alia Salem, the group’s director….Salem warned the Muslim community about the investigation in a video posted on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday.”
The idea that she had to “warn” Muslims about this questioning, and told them to tell the feds that they would only talk to them with an attorney present, is based upon Hamas-linked CAIR’s wholly unsupported claim that the FBI and other agencies target Muslims unfairly out of “Islamophobia.”
Salem’s “warning” also has to be evaluated in light of the fact that the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has more than once advised Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. In January 2011, its San Francisco chapter featured on its website a poster that read, “Build A Wall of Resistance / Don’t Talk to the FBI.” In November 2014, CAIR-Florida’s “14th Annual Banquet Rooted in Faith” in Tampa distributed pamphlets entitled “What to do if the FBI comes for you” and featuring a graphic of a person holding a finger to his lips in the “shhh” signal.
Another CAIR pamphlet, entitled “Know Your Rights: Defending Rights, Defeating Intolerance” featured a graphic of the Statue of Liberty likewise making the “shhh” symbol. Cyrus McGoldrick, a former official of Hamas-linked CAIR’s New York chapter, even threatened informants, tweeting with brutal succinctness: “Snitches get stitches.” Zahra Billoo of CAIR-San Francisco regularly tweets that Muslims have no obligation to talk to the FBI, and should contact Hamas-linked CAIR if the FBI asks to talk to them.
How does all that play out in practice? Remember that the Orlando jihad mass murderer’s wife knew of his plans, and fled after his attack. No one knows where she is. No non-Muslim, that is.
“FBI interviewing Muslims in Texas over alleged al-Qaeda terrorist threat, community leader says,” by Caleb Downs, Dallas News, November 6, 2016:
Investigators from the FBI interviewed Muslims in North Texas this weekend after warnings that al-Qaeda may target the state on the eve of Election Day, a Muslim community leader said.
The North Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations has received reports that Muslims from Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Texas were questioned by FBI agents, according to Alia Salem, the group’s director.
“It was made apparent to us that the FBI has a list of a couple hundred people they are wanting to visit and ask a series of eight generic questions intended to drum up information about the attacks,” Salem said.
The North Texas branch of CAIR has confirmed that three interviews took place over the weekend and that it received reports of five more.
A representative in the FBI’s Dallas field office declined to comment on the reports.
On Friday, U.S. intelligence officials alerted joint terrorism task forces that al-Qaeda could be planning the attacks the day before the election, according to CBS News. Authorities are taking the threat seriously, a source told CBS, though it could be “aspirational” because it lacked specificity….
Salem warned the Muslim community about the investigation in a video posted on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday. She said the interviews are nothing to worry about but that Muslims should be aware of their civil rights before FBI investigators knock on their doors.
“The FBI is important and serves an important role in America,” she said. “We’re not here to inhibit their work, but to prepare the community in how to address [investigators].”
If an FBI investigator tries to interview a member of the Muslim community without an attorney present, Salem advised them to request the investigator’s business card and let them know that an attorney will schedule the meeting with them.
Salem said CAIR would provide members of the Muslim community an attorney free of charge should they need one.
“Muslims, along with fellow Americans, are committed to doing their job in helping to make our community safer,” she said. “That includes reporting suspicious activity. But for the Muslim community to be targeted as if we are guilty is inappropriate. If [law enforcement] wants to communicate with specific individuals, there should be no hindrance in doing that with an attorney.”
Since posting the video on Facebook, CAIR has received 17 phone calls from Muslim community members who had been contacted by the FBI, 14 of which were from people in North Texas, Salem said. That’s in addition to the three reports that prompted her warning.
“We are still verifying the validity of a few of the more recent calls, which must be noted, but that’s the raw data,” Salem said….