Wednesday, April 6, 2011

FBI seeking information from Libyans living in U.S. - CNN.com

FBI seeking information from Libyans living in U.S. - CNN.com

The FBI has begun interviewing Libyans who are living in the United States in a hunt for any possible threats to Americans, according to a law enforcement official.

The official described this as a "proactive effort" spurred by the revolt in Libya and said the FBI has no specific intelligence to indicate Libya is planning terror attacks.

"We are making contact with Libyan visitors to determine whether there is a threat to Americans here or abroad," said the source, who was not authorized to speak on the record. The FBI would not comment.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reacted to the FBI interviews by issuing a statement reminding American Muslims they are not required to talk to the FBI absent a legal subpoena. CAIR did not tell Muslims to refuse to speak to the FBI, but suggested they consider having an attorney present.

CAIR also told Muslims if they are aware of any criminal activity going on in their communities it is their "religious and civic duty to immediately report such activity to local and federal law enforcement agencies."

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