Pre-election Interviews of Muslims to Continue

October 12, 2004

Source: Pittsburg Tribune Review

On October 12, 2004 Pittsburg Tribune Review reported, "the FBI wants to interview 44 area Muslims for any information they have that might help authorities uncover a possible terrorist attack targeting the Nov. 2 presidential election. Agents are conducting similar interviews nationwide. The FBI told the Islamic Council of Greater Pittsburgh last week that the 44 Muslims are not being investigated for any crime, according to a council advisory. However, those who have violated a visa can be arrested and deported... A Pittsburgh civil rights lawyer who participated in Oct. 4 talks between the council and the FBI said Islamic leaders are concerned the government is adopting heavy-handed tactics that could backfire."