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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Updates on Luqman Abdullah-Related Arrests

Here's a roundup of some of the latest headlines on the FBI's shooting of Luqman Al-Amin Abdullah, a Detroit imam, and the arrest of his son and several associates on weapons charges, among other alleged offenses not explicitly connected to terrorism by federal authorities (although the criminal complaint clearly offers up a strong implicit connection).

You'll find some sharply diverging opinions about this case below, and around the Web. This case has the potential to become a very divisive and difficult flashpoint in terms of increasingly negative American Muslim sentiment about law enforcement and civil liberties and those who advocate a hardline stance on the investigation of potential terrorist threats in the U.S. This is also just the latest contribution to a widening rift between American Muslim institutions and the FBI.

The negative turn seen in this case comes after a flurry of terrorism arrests on U.S. soil in recent weeks -- cases which have so far been much stronger (from a legal and evidentiary perspective) than many of the criminal prosecutions for terrorism carried out under the Bush administration.

The controversy here has the unfortunate effect of undermining the FBI's recent push to prosecute more compelling terrorism cases. If Luqman Abdullah had not been shot, this case would likely have been seen by most people as another strong outing by the FBI.

RCMP defends patting down of Muslim woman during raid

Court Hearing Held For Six Tied To Muslim Group

Probe asked in FBI's slaying of extremist imam

Feds warn of reprisals after radical's death

FBI 'murdered' radical Detroit imam, according to AP

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