Thursday, June 01, 2006

Terror In The OC

The FBI is surveilling Muslim student groups at the Unviersity of California Irvine and the University of Southern California.

Asked whether citizens should be worried about the activist Muslim students at UCI, [FBI Agent Pat] Rose said, "That is another tough question to answer" - which I took to mean she has an answer but doesn't want to single out one group. She did say the FBI is aware of large numbers of Muslims at both UCI and USC.

"I think we need to be concerned with everybody, including our next-door neighbor," she said, adding the FBI gets frequent calls from people who want to tell them about situations like a Muslim neighbor who is changing his license plates or the guy who has nothing in his apartment but a mattress and five computers.

"I can't tell you how many" tips like that paid off, she said.

What about racial profiling concerns? someone asked.

That would be a mistake, she said.

"We have our own American-raised individuals who have converted to Islam," she said, as well as Arabs coming to the U.S. who are trying to Westernize their appearance and pass for Hispanic.

Via Phi Beta Cons.

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