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From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Chief Urges Muslim Americans to Fight Terrorism
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 22:57:19 EDT
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 02:57:19 GMT
FBI Chief Urges Muslim Americans to Fight Terrorism
(EXCERPT) Fri Jun 28, 4:25 PM ET, by Deborah Charles
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - FBI ( news - web sites) Director Robert
Mueller made a controversial speech to the American Muslim Council on
Friday, condemning some members' past support of "terrorists" and
urging Muslim Americans to work with U.S. authorities to prevent
Mueller's presence as the keynote speaker of the organization's 11th
annual meeting was opposed by some groups that claim the council's
founder has ties to Hezbollah and Hamas.
He also found some opposition among Muslims, who have been the target
of mass detentions by U.S. law enforcement in the wake of the Sept. 11
As he rose to speak, two men held signs above their heads that said
"Shame on Mueller" and "The FBI Should Protect Americans From Terror."
Brushing off the protesters, who were quickly pulled away and their
signs crumpled, Mueller called for just that.
"I wish to call on all of you as Americans to continue working with us
to defeat terror," Mueller told the gathering of about 100 people.
"My appearance here today has created or generated some controversy,"
he said. "My reason for being here is simple. My reason for being here
is to continue our discussion, and to help build a relationship that I
am convinced is beneficial to us all.
"This in no way is a war on Islam, it is no way a war on religion. It
is our understanding that Islam is a religion of peace"
The FBI director's comment was greeted with a standing ovation.
Mueller detailed the FBI's efforts to work with Muslim groups in the
wake of the Sept. 11 attacks to better understand their culture and
stem a slew of hate crimes directed at Muslims that took place after
Mueller thanked Arab Americans who had already offered authorities
"substantive assistance," including translating services in the days
following the attacks. He said they helped double the number of
Arabic-speaking translators at the FBI.
"There is no question that all of you have in the past helped and can
in the future help," Mueller added.
CONDEMNS PAST STATEMENTS
The American Muslim Council is a nonprofit advocacy group that says
its aim is to increase participation of American Muslims in the U.S.
Although the council's leaders condemned the Sept. 11 attacks shortly
after 19 hijackers plowed four airplanes into the World Trade Center,
the Pentagon ( news - web sites) and a Pennsylvania field, Mueller
said some had previously supported terrorism.
"Unfortunately, persons associated with this organization have in the
past made statements that indicate support for terrorism and for
terrorist organizations," he said.
"I think we can, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, justifiably be
outraged by such statements," Mueller added. "No perceived political
or other agenda justifies acts of terrorism."
The United States blames Saudi-born fugitive Osama bin Laden ( news -
web sites) and his al Qaeda network for the Sept. 11 attacks that
killed 3,000 people.
He urged Muslim Americans to be vigilant and report any suspicious
behavior in their communities to help U.S. law enforcement stop
another attack from happening.
"We need to pull together as a nation. We at the FBI need to do our
part and we are counting upon the American Muslim community to do its
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