By DAVID KRAVETS(snip)
Associated Press Writer
October 21, 2004, 10:48 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Civil Liberties Union sued the FBI on Thursday, trying to get more information about the agency's questioning of Muslims and Arabs as it investigates the possibility of pre-election terror attacks.
The ACLU is seeking internal documents under the Freedom of Information Act to find out whether the government is protecting the constitutional rights of the subjects of its unannounced interviews at homes, workplaces and mosques.
"We are trying to get much greater sunshine over these activities," said ACLU attorney John Crew.
The FBI has conducted more than 13,000 interviews this year as part of an effort to detect and disrupt a potential election-year terror attack.
The interviews are voluntary and are not meant to indicate that the person is a suspected terrorist. Still, Muslim groups have expressed concern that they are being singled out for unfair scrutiny.
The ACLU wants to know, among other things, how the agency chooses whom it will interview.
When did the ACLU become such a tick on the posterior of a dog? It had to serve some non-destructive purpose at one time. Perhaps that's just optimism speaking.
Spit it out...the ACLU is worried about PROFILING...The FBI, on the other hand, has the thankless task of making sure we don't have a repeat performance of the Madrid Train Bombings. They're understaffed, overworked...and in my opinion, doing a damn good job since 9/11. Yet, there is the ACLU looking out for the rights of potential terrorists...in reference to voluntary interviews.
Hell yes I hope that the FBI is excelling in pure profiling. I hope they are focusing on male Arabs between 18 and 40, and meet with as many of them as possible. You don't see middle aged Swedish women strapping on a C4 belt. It would clash with the Autumn ensemble...
Apparently the FBI doesn't have a sense of humor on the matter...
In a letter to the ACLU, the FBI said it would process the request in a "first-in-first-out" basis, a process that would take more than a year.