A former Chicago man who once drove a FedEx truck here and whose parents and siblings were Baptist preachers was identified Friday by prosecutors as the ringleader of an alleged plot to blow up the Sears Tower for al-Qaida and “kill all the devils we can.”
“I think there has been some reluctance to step up and say that these individuals are indeed non-representative Muslims because certain commentators may see that as whitewashing or watering down our fight against terrorism.” – Ahmed Rehab, executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago chapter.
Ahmed Rehab Says Accused Plotters Have Nothing To Do With Islam
Friday’s front page article “FBI: Sears Tower Targeted” (June 23) displays several examples of negative stereotypes against Muslims and alarmist reporting.
I response to the article, “FBI: Sears Tower Targeted” (June 23), I would like to commend the FBI for taking the steps necessary to secure our nation, resulting in the apprehension of seven members of the “Sea of David” cult. It is worth noting, however, that the actions and beliefs of these cult members stray greatly from that of the Islam practiced by the Muslim citizens of this country.
Today at 1:30, the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) will hold a press conference to comment on the Sears Tower Terror plot botched by the FBI. CAIR-Chicago will give a local Muslim reaction to the developing story and the unfolding events.
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