Muslim groups are concerned the fictional dark hero of Fox television’s “24” will jeopardize their civil liberties by branding them as sleeper-cell agents waiting for orders to strike.

The pulse-pounding drama starring Kiefer Sutherland as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer featured a group of Muslim terrorists this week successfully detonating the first of five nuclear suitcase bombs near Los Angeles.

“When people don’t have access at work or have neighbors who are Muslim, they rely on the images they see on television to shape their perceptions,” said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “The worst outcome would be that they would act on their fears. They won’t be able to distinguish peaceful, law-abiding American Muslims and the minority who act against our faith and commit acts of terror.”

Muslims fear the show will foster hate against them and foster a climate of Islamophobia in the country.

Future “24” episodes this season will depict American officials rounding up Muslims and putting them in internment camps.

Just yesterday, the American-Islamic council said, cops in Michigan arrested a white man in Warren County for threatening an imam and attempting to vandalize a mosque.


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