Speaking at a private meeting of Arab-American and Muslim leaders in Dearborn, the only U.S. Attorney of Arab descent told the group Wednesday that the U.S. government should be smarter in how it combats terrorism.

The U.S. Attorney for Colorado, Troy Eid, joined other federal officials and metro Detroit police chiefs at the meeting to discuss concerns about civil rights in the war on terrorism. Eid was invited to participate in the talk, part of an ongoing series of private discussions between Arab Americans and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Eid left on a flight after the meeting and could not immediately be reached for comment.

“It was refreshing and inspiring to hear his story,” said Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, who cochaired the meeting. “He spoke about the challenges that are facing the Arab-American and Muslim communities across the nation. …He said the government should be smarter in how it gets at potential terrorists.”

Hamad led the meeting, along with Daniel Sutherland, officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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