Article Inaccurately Ties Together Sikhs and Muslims

July 20, 2004

Source: The New Standard

On July 20, 2004 The New Standard reported that, "'the FBI is intensifying efforts nationwide to enlist Muslims, Arab-Americans and Sikhs to help thwart a possible terrorist attack this summer or fall.' So says the first line of a July 9 Associated Press story that was picked up by numerous newspapers, radio and television outlets including,, National Public Radio and the Guardian Unlimited in England. This was news to Sikhs, who are not Muslim or Arab and have never been linked to Al-Qaeda or the September 11 attacks... The AP story, by reporter Curt Anderson, came from a July 9 FBI press release titled 'Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations Reinforce Commitment to working with leaders of Muslim, Sikh and Arab-American Communities.' The press release is based on Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller's recent meeting with leaders of national Muslim, Sikh and Arab-American organizations. It lumped together the FBI's separate initiatives. One goal is to glean terror-related intelligence from Muslim and Arab-American community leaders. The other is to investigate and prevent hate crimes stemming from reaction to the war on terror and directed at these groups as well as at Sikhs."