The Arizona office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Arizona) and the American Civil Liberties
Union of Arizona (AzCLU) met Tuesday with representatives of the FBI to
discuss concerns about recent interviews of local Muslims, ongoing
counterterrorism efforts and ways to improve cooperation between law
enforcement and the American Muslim community.
Representatives of CAIR’s New York office (CAIR-NY), along with other
Muslim community leaders, met with FBI Assistant Director in Charge,
Pasquale J. D’Amuro, Tuesday at the Muslim Youth Center in Brooklyn to
discuss issues of concern to the Islamic community. Topics of discussion
included the criteria used for opening an investigation, building trust in
the Muslim community and the possibility of sensitivity training for FBI
“Arizona’s Muslim community, as well as other Muslim communities across the
country, are ready, willing and able to work with law enforcement
authorities for the safety and security of our nation,” said CAIR-AZ
Executive Director Deedra Abboud.
“The Muslim community in New York wants to play a positive role in
protecting our nation’s security, but that role is made more difficult if
the FBI is perceived as pursuing suspects much more actively than it is
searching for community partners,” said CAIR-NY Executive Director Wissam Nasr.
Both meetings were part of CAIR’s efforts to build constructive
relationships with local, state and national law enforcement agencies and
to voice the Muslim community’s concerns about religious and ethnic profiling.
CONTACT: CAIR-Arizona, Deedra Abboud at 602-262-2247, E-Mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-NY: Wissam Nasr at 212-870-2002, 917-751-1017