NYC Terror Suspect's Friend, Activist Group Urge Against Targeting Muslims
Members of the New York City Muslim community suggested Saturday they were being unfairly targeted in a terror plot probe, as a friend of the probe's prime suspect said the scrutiny has put his "life on hold."
Several people speaking Saturday afternoon at a news conference cautioned authorities against profiling Muslims in their probe of an alleged bomb plot with links to Al Qaeda.
The suspect, Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant who worked in Denver and New York City, is being held without bond in New York. The friend, Naiz Khan, befriended Zazi 10 years ago at a mosque.
Kahn let Zazi stay with him in New York City in the days leading up to what investigators say was a failed attempt last month to bomb sites as the city marked eight years since the Al Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Kahn now is under 24-hour FBI surveillance.
"We are so, so nervous," Khan told reporters at the news conference, organized by the nonprofit group DRUM in Queens, N.Y. "My life has been affected by this. I have no job. ... I have put my life on hold."
First we are targeting Hispanics when looking for illegal aliens, now were targeting Muslims when we are looking for terrorists.
When will this overt racism stop I ask you?