A group of imams and their attorney have received a death threat for suing passengers who reported suspicious behavior that led to the imams being removed from a U.S. Airways flight last year.
The threatening letter sent to New York lawyer Omar T. Mohammedi said: "We have located the residences and identified the families of all parties" in the lawsuit filed in March.
"We plan, at random, to start systematically killing the people on our list if this suit proceeds. You, personally, have been identified as the prize kill. It is our belief that terrorists like you should understand the true meaning of terror," the letter says.
The threats were made public Saturday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is backing the six imams' lawsuit, in which the clerics say they were discriminated against because of their religion, and that bias prompted passengers to wrongly accuse the imams of acting suspiciously.
"Any time a threat of violence is designed to achieve a political goal, it should be classified as an act of terror," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR.
An FBI spokesman told Audrey Hudson of The Washington Times that the agency is "aware of the information" provided by CAIR.
"I can neither confirm nor deny that any particular matter is under investigation, but, as a general proposition, the FBI takes this type of threat seriously and aggressively investigates any such matter within its jurisdiction," said Neil Donovan, a spokesman in the New York City FBI field office.