Arrests of Prominent Muslim-Americans Creates Unease in Communities

October 12, 2003

Source: Al-Jazeera

On October 12, 2003 Al-Jazeera reported that "a recent series of arrests and federal investigations into alleged terrorist-related activities involving Muslim Americans are casting an even larger shadow of suspicion over the US Islamic community." According to representatives from several of the largest Muslim advocacy organizations, Muslims are facing a new surge of guilt-by-association tactics by federal law-enforcement agencies. "Just recently, Abd al-Rahman al-Amoudi, founder of the American Muslim Council (AMC) and one of the most prominent US Muslim leaders, was arrested and charged with accepting illegal funds from the Libyan government in exchange for his attempts to lobby the Bush administration to lift US sanctions against that country."