News FBI Phone Calls Rattle Local Pakistani Community
posted by January 10 at 16:08 PMon
According to several members of the Arab American Community Coalition (AACC), the FBI has been attempting to contact members of the Pakistani community
Amin Odeh, of the AACC, says his organization started getting calls from members of the Pakistani community, asking for legal advice. “[There is] a sense of fear in the community,” Odeh says. “Whether you’re a Muslim or an Arab, or a white American it’s concerning when you get a call from the FBI.”
Odeh says he’s been in contact with the FBI, and has been given contradictory answers about the purpose of the phone calls. “[First they said] it was about Benazir Bhutto,” Odeh says. Later, Odeh says he was told the FBI was creating an outreach program.
“Its the FBI, do you believe them, or [not]?” Odeh laughs.
Odeh says many of the Pakistanis who were contacted refused to answer questions, or flatly refused to return the FBI’s phone calls.
What’s more troubling, Odeh says, is there doesn’t appear to be any logic to who the FBI is contacting. “They’re not just going through the phone book and calling every Pakistani,” he says. “[Some of] the people they’ve contacted are not even active in the Pakistani community.”
The AACC plans to have a meeting with the FBI, but no meeting date has been set. For now, the AACC is advising people to bring a witness to any meeting, and to meet in a public place.
The FBI could not be reached for comment.