FBI meets with Muslim Leaders in California

March 16, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times


On March 16, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "FBI officials are meeting privately with Muslim leaders in Southern California, assuring them that hate crimes resulting from a possible war with Iraq will be vigorously investigated, and at the same time asking for help in the campaign against terrorism... The agency's effort to forge a partnership with Muslim and other Middle Eastern communities is also intended to quell fears in the Iraqi American community, where FBI agents are questioning people to identify possible terrorists or sympathizers of Saddam Hussein as the United States inches closer to war with Iraq... The meetings are a welcome change from the way the FBI went about its investigation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Hussam Ayloush, head of the Anaheim-based Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations."