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Muslim advocacy group criticizes FBI for questioning of 5 SoCal Muslims

A national Muslim advocacy organization Monday criticized the actions of the FBI, saying agents unjustifiably questioned five Southern California Muslims last week.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the men were among a group detained last December by police in Henderson, Nev., after they stopped at a parking lot to pray during a road trip. The organization had filed a complaint with the Henderson Police Department at the time.

According to the advocacy organization, one of the men who was questioned was shown a book with information on war tactics and was told that Henderson police had seen similar books in the car during the stop in Nevada.

"These young men continue to be penalized for practicing their 1st Amendment rights," said Ameena Qazi, an attorney representing the men. "The agents said they were following up on a specific lead … however, based on all of our information, there were no books in the car. Basically the agents are on a wild goose chase."

Organization officials say the incident is one of many examples of FBI harassment of members of the Muslim community in recent years.

The FBI confirmed Monday that the men were questioned, saying the interviews were routine after reports of suspicious activity.

"The men who were interviewed were cooperative with agents," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in a statement. "The men were not arrested but were interviewed without incident. None of the men have been accused of wrongdoing."

-- Robert Faturechi

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well unfortunately for muslims there are radicals out there (like the guy in ny who said at his trial today that muslims would continue to attack america) who make it necessary for us to take extra precautions....sorry you got harrassed when you pulled over to pray...but i am wondering what would happen to me in your country if i was practicing my religion on the streets....you want tolerance from america and non-muslims...then get your country of origin to show tolerance first!!

Didn't Beck say its not good to profile, and question people, cause they might not cooperate with law enforcement. Oh I forgot, its okay to profile anyone as long as they are not Mexican.

"...after they stopped at a parking lot to pray during a road trip."

All of you religious people need to keep your religion inside of your church/temple/tent and quit pushing your religion on the rest of us. We really don't want to see it and I find it offensive. This is all religions, not just these guys.


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