Muslims to Aid in Monitoring "Suspicious Activity"

May 28, 2004

Source: Reuters

On May 28, 2004 Reuters reported, "A U.S. Muslim group said on Friday that its members would monitor suspicious activity in their community to help fight the Bush administration's war against terrorism but also warned that many American Muslims were being subjected to discrimination. 'We have zero tolerance to the notion that Muslims are not doing their job. We're not going to allow that,' said Maher Hathout, senior adviser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council during a press conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles. 'Things are being said about Muslims that nobody could say about any other religion in America and get away with it,' he added. Under the campaign, Muslims will watch for suspicious or dangerous behavior and report it to authorities. American mosques will remain open to all Muslims but administrators will keep track of who organizes meetings and for what purpose. City, county and federal officials who participated in the press conference praised the efforts."