Atlanta Area Muslim Americans Fear Profiling in Federal Investigations

July 13, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On July 13, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "recent federal raids of local jewelry stores coupled with reports that terrorism suspects are under nationwide surveillance has renewed anger and fear in Atlanta's Muslim community... 'People are very frightened,' said Hasan Kamal, a Muslim from India who attended Friday prayers at the Al-Farooq Masjid in Midtown. 'They are really scared, even though many of them are American citizens. They think their civil rights will be denied'... Some Atlanta area Muslims said Friday they support the Justice Department's efforts to snag suspected terrorists. Nevertheless, they are scared of being profiled. And they don't want federal operations to become a witch-hunt."