Friday, May 18, 2007

Muslims Don't want to be Informants

Arab-Americans and Muslims concerned about FBI efforts to recruit them as informants and other tactics designed to prevent terrorism plan to meet today with U.S. Attorney Troy Eid.

Among issues they say they want addressed:

FBI pressure on Arab-Americans and Muslims to work as informants - reporting what friends say and do.

Federal authorities' intervening in local court cases against people with Mideast and South Asian ties.

Clear criteria for placing people on government terrorist watch lists and removing names in case of mistakes.

"We try to say: 'You are in America, a different society from the one you came from that had secret police who could take you away,"' said Djilali Kacem, executive director of the Colorado chapter of the Muslim American Society and imam at a Northglenn mosque.

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