FBI to probe terror threats mailed to Arizona mosques
The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Arizona (CAIR-AZ) called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats mailed to a number of Phoenix mosques in Arizona as acts of domestic terrorism. The letters, sent to Muslim religious leaders (imams) from “Patriotic Friends,” refer to the recent attack on the anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas and to “our rogue/illegal President. Barrack [sic] Obama.” The writer quoted the Bible and made a number of threats to kill the imams and their families. The letters stated: “First of all, in any state where sharia law is invoked in any way, all Imam’s [sic] in the that [sic] state and their families will die.” It also threatened the “burning to the ground” of American mosques, and said: “I can see entire muslim [sic] communities destroyed from Detroit to California.” “These letters clearly constitute threats of domestic terrorism targeting a religious minority and should be labeled as such and investigated accordingly by Arizona law enforcement authorities and the FBI,” said CAIR-AZ Chairman Imraan Siddiqi. He said CAIR similarly called on the Obama administration to treat a planned religiously-motivated attack on a Muslim community in New York as an act of terrorism and to charge the admitted organiser of the attack as a terrorist. CAIR also recently called on law enforcement authorities in Baltimore County, Md., to step up protection of a mosque and Islamic school in that county following threats to bomb the school’s bus and to spill “Muslim blood.” It called on the FBI to investigate the phoned threats as hate crimes. Other anti-Muslim incidents include threats to mosques in Iowa and Ohio, “No Muslims” graffiti sprayed-painted on the seal of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, hate vandalism of a Rhode Island Islamic school and threats to murder Massachusetts Muslims.