A civil rights organization for Muslim Americans said the FBI has questioned Muslims in at least eight states in response to hints of a terror attack by al-Qaeda in the U.S. on Election Day.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has said Muslims are being "targeted," with some agents knocking at Muslims' doors.
Lawyer Hassan Shibly said his clients were asked if they knew the al-Qaeda leaders killed in air strikes last month or anyone they thought wanted to harm Americans.
Alia Salem of CAIR told other Muslims how to respond in case the FBI came calling.
That's the equivalent of the FBI visiting churchgoing Christians because someone overseas was threatening to blow up an abortion clinic.
Shibly told The Washington Post the tactic was "outrageous."
The threat is vague but may involve New York, Texas and Virginia.
When FBI agents show up at your door, people are terrified. It does more damage.
FBI and Department of Homeland Security statements claimed the agencies were "vigilant and well-postured" to defend against a terroristic attack.
Meanwhile, two of the states where Muslims were questioned - Florida and Pennsylvania - are crucial swing states in the presidential election.
CAIR told other Muslims to prepare and know their rights if the FBI arrived.
We are, indeed, most concerned about expected attempts at voter fraud by leftists, but we will ... report any apparent attempt at vote fraud...
It's not clear if the FBI is treating other demographics or groups the same way. The Post also reported about a militia group called the Oath Keepers, who urged its members to "blend in" and perform "incognito intelligence gathering and crime spotting."
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