In St. Louis, Law Enforcement Officials Answer Questions about Civil Liberties of American Muslims

June 3, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 3, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "officials who came to a mosque in St. Louis County [Missouri] on Sunday expecting to answer questions about hate crimes against Muslims instead found a congregation worried about how new federal anti-terrorism guidelines would affect them... The Daar-ul-Islam Mosque in west St. Louis County had invited officials from federal, state and county law enforcement and homeland security agencies to answer questions about how to deal with members' concerns about hate crimes and threats to their civil liberties after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11... Instead, the officials fielded numerous questions about how a package of tougher anti-terrorism measures and new rules that widened the FBI's scope for surveillance and wiretapping would affect the freedom and rights of American Muslims from the St. Louis area."