Civil Rights Groups File Request Seeking FBI Records in Lodi

June 16, 2005

Source: News10

On June 16, 2005 News10 reported, "Civil rights groups want records on the FBI's investigation into alleged terrorist activity in Lodi. They are concerned investigators have violated the rights of members of Lodi's Muslim community.

The groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on Islamic-American Relations, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and the Japanese American Citizens League plan to file a Freedom of Information Act request to get records pertaining to the FBI's investigation into a possible al-Qaeda terrorist cell in Lodi.

The groups want to examine the policies and practices the FBI has used while questioning and detaining dozens of Muslims in the investigation... The [Council on Islamic-American Relations] says it has eight 'verified' incidents of civil rights violations, including threats of deportation, humiliating two people in front of co-workers, threatening to charge people with jaywalking if they didn't cooperate, and not allowing attorneys to be present during questioning.

The FBI issued a statement denying that civil rights have been violated."