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Civil liberty and the FBI

Sam Matar
Friday October 18, 2002

To the Editor: 


The Attorney General set aside guidelines that restrict the FBI's surveillance of religious and political organizations in the United States. Critics from all points on the political spectrum are concerned that this action, taken without consultation with Congress or civil liberties organizations, is severely flawed.  

This is a critical concern. Please understand, this is a threat to our civil liberties. This is specifically targeted against Arab Americans and Muslims, regardless of citizenship status. Our meetings, electronic communications, personal data, religious services, social gatherings and databases are now fair targets for investigation. 

My question is: Where are our civil Liberties going to be five years from now? 


Sam Matar