FBI chief cites probes of extremists

By Bill Gertz-The Washington Times

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday said the bureau is continuing investigations into religious extremists who may be involved in terrorism aside from the nationwide community outreach programs to ethnic and religious groups.

Asked during a conference of intelligence experts about the FBI‘s handling of U.S. Muslim groups involved in subversion or “stealth jihad,” the FBI director said monitoring such groups is sensitive.

“It is a delicate issue and it is dependent upon individuals, they are quite obviously, not just Muslim, not just Arab-American, the Sikh-American communities but individuals that may be under investigation, that may have participated in supporting terrorism and we have to be sure we identify, understand those persons and to the extent they step over the line, they are indicted and prosecuted,” Mr. Mueller said.

“On the other hand, it is tremendously important for us to develop relationships with the 99.9 percent of the Muslim community, the Arab community, the Sikh community who are every bit as patriotic as the people in this room.”

Mr. Mueller also was asked about the FBI‘s inclusion of a Hamas-linked cleric who took part in an FBI community outreach program called Citizens’ Academy.

The cleric, Kifah Mustapha, took part in a recent Citizens’ Academy program of 30 business, community and religious leaders in Quantico, Va., who visited FBI headquarters and the National Counterterrorism Center, raising security questions among critics of the program.

Mr. Mustapha was identified in court papers four years ago as among more than 240 unindicted co-conspirators in a terrorism trial in Texas that involved illicit funding of Hamas.

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