Outrage Over Arrest of 16 Year Old Muslim Teen on Suspicion of Terror Link

April 9, 2005

Source: The New York Times


On April 9, 2005 The New York Times reported, "at Heritage High School in East Harlem, where the student idiom is hip-hop and salsa, the 16-year-old Guinean girl stood out, but not just because she wore Islamic dress. She was so well liked that when she ran for student body president, she came in second to one of her best friends - the Christian daughter of the president of the parent-teacher association, Deleen P. Carr... Now Ms. Carr, a speech pathologist who calls herself 'a typical American citizen,' is as outraged as the girl's teachers and classmates, who have learned that the girl and another 16-year-old are being called would-be suicide bombers and are being held in an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania. According to a government document provided to The New York Times by a federal official earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asserted that both girls are 'an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers.' No evidence was cited, and federal officials will not comment on the case."