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Muslim Group Wants Justice to Investigate Portland FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),  is none too happy with the Portland FBI.

The Associated Press reports that the group wants the Justice Department to investigate the behavior of the Portland FBI, which has barred two Libyan-Americans from returning to the U.S.

AP reports that the two men — Jamal Tarhuni, 55, of Tigard, Or., and Mustafa Elogbi, 60, of Portland — both traveled at different times to Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was removed from power.

AP reported that Tarhuni delivered humanitarian supplies with the group Medical Teams International and Elogbi visited family.

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FBI Says Training Lecture Critical of Devout Muslims Has Changed

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI presentation at Quantico, Va., to agents that negatively portrayed devout Muslims, has been discontinued, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

AP, citing a federal law enforcement official, said the lecture was given for just three days in April.

One part of the lecture contended that the more devout Muslim are, the more likely they were to be violent.

FBI spokesman Christopher Allen said changes have been made since the lecture to better comply with FBI standards, AP reported.

The online publication Wired.com first reported on the issue.

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Justice Wants to Withhold Info in Muslim Calif. Lawsuit

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department feels it has good reason to hide info in a Southern California lawsuit filed by Muslims who claim the FBI monitored them because of their religion.

The Associated Press reports that Attorney General Eric Holder, in a court filing on Monday, invoked state secrets rules to try and  prevent information from being released in the case.

The filing argues that disclosure of the target of the 2006 surveillance at a mosque could hurt national security.

The story was first reported by Josh Gerstein of Politico.

In February, the ACLU of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued the FBI, AP reported.

Retired ATF Official Bernie La Forest Pens 2nd Book

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Bernie La Forest, who headed up ATF offices in Kansas City, Detroit, Phoenix and Los Angeles before retiring, has just penned his second suspense novel —  “In The Red Dragon’s Shadow.

The murder mystery is chock full of international intrigue and involves the ATF, Detroit Police, guns, radical Muslims from Iraq, Iran and China and assassinations. It was just released.

La Forest says the story in his latest book “reboots” a few years after the conclusion of his first book “Shadow Partners”, which was released in 2010.

La Forest, a former Detroit cop, retired from ATF in 1998 and then worked as a contractor for the agency on a gun trace project from 2002 to 2007.

The book is available on Amazon.com.

Latest FBI Sting Highlights Complex Relationship Between Muslims and FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The latest FBI sting involving a Northern Virginia man who was allegedly plotting to blow up subway stations in Northern Virginia highlights the complex relationship the Muslim community has with the FBI.

Reporter William Wan of the Washington Post reports when news surfaced that the FBI on Wednesday had arrested Farooque Ahmed,34, a Pakistani American, “Muslim groups in the area struggled with what to say publicly.”

“As details of the arrest trickled out, many in the Muslim community avoided saying anything to outsiders, but instead quietly voiced concerns to one another about the tactics used,” the Post wrote.

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Pakistani Scientist Gets 86 Years for Trying to Kill U.S. Agents and Soldiers in Afghanistan

afghanistan mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

By all accounts, this was not your typical sentencing.

First, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman in New York sentenced a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist to 86 years for trying to kill U.S. federal agents and troops.

That came  after defendant Aafia Siddiqui, 38, called on Muslims to resist using violence, the Associated Press reported. She also said she loved American soldiers.

Then afterward,  Siddiqui,  told her supporters, according to AP: “Don’t get angry. Forgive Judge Berman.”

The judge then responded, according to AP, by saying: “I wish more defendants would feel the way that you do.”

AP reported that in February she was convicted of trying to shoot U.S. authorities in Afghanistan while yelling, “Death to Americans!”

Islamic Group Threatens to Cut Ties to FBI

istock_000007698493xsmallBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON –– The sometimes bumpy ties between the FBI and the U.S. Muslim communities could get bumpier.

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) , a coalition of major U.S. Muslim groups, announced Tuesday that it was considering suspending “outreach relations with the FBI” as a result of the FBI targeting American mosques and Muslim groups.

The move comes several months after the FBI cut off formal ties to the prominent group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations),  citing its links to Hamas. CAIR is one of several organizations that make up AMT, according to the AMT website.

As part of its effort to patch up the riff, CAIR late last month held an open house dinner in Minneapolis at a local mosque and extended an invitation to FBI director Robert Mueller III, who did not attend.

In response to Tuesdays’ development, FBI spokesman John Miller issued a statement:
“Limiting honest dialogue, especially when complex issues are on the table, is generally not an effective advocacy strategy. The FBI has continued our outreach efforts, across the board, with a number of concerned groups and where we agree-or disagree – most have concluded the best results are achieved through continued conversation. We believe that to be true.”

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What Constitutes a Suspicious Incident in Aviation Today?

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By Chad Wolf
Security DeBrief
What constitutes a suspicious incident in aviation today? This is the fundamental question that led to nine Muslim passengers being kicked off an Air Tran Airways flight on New Year’s Day.
By now, we’ve all heard the series of events that transpired – several Muslim passengers were discussing airline safety and security while boarding the flight; other passengers reported this “suspicious” behavior to the flight attendant who in turn reported it to the pilot in command; the pilot, with the assistance of Federal Air Marshals, asked that all the passengers be re-screened and then refused to transport the nine passengers in question.
Put aside the pilot’s decision to refuse transport (a decision he/she is permitted to make without much outside review) as well as Air Tran’s apparent lack of customer service skills, and what remains is a regulatory requirement from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to all domestic and in-bound international airlines to report any suspicious incidents immediately to TSA. TSA’s purpose for this requirement is simple: to identify any individual incidents / issues that are occurring and determine if there’s any system-wide pattern or similar events taking place across the aviation system (in other words – to connect the dots). 

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