After Election FBI Eases Interviews of Muslims but Reservations Persist

November 6, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,5069567.story

On November 6, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "the FBI began ... interviews, officials said, to preempt possible terrorist attacks aimed at disrupting last Tuesday's election. Agents plan to continue them through the presidential inauguration in January. The sessions began shortly after U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft said in June that intelligence revealed that preparations for a suspected summer terrorist attack were 90% complete. No attack occurred. The meetings are proving delicate for both sides... For their part, federal officials said they are trying to be respectful, mindful that the 2002 roundup of Iranian immigrants turned into a public relations disaster from the point of view of some community groups. Leaders in the Middle Eastern community acknowledge that the government is doing a better job this time, but they still have reservations."