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The American FBI's violation to freedom of speech and press to some Muslim Web Sites:

In The Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

Sept. 7, 2001 202-789-2262

Muslim Websites Shut Down

(WASHINGTON, DC - 9/7/2001) The American Muslim Council expresses deep concern for what happened yesterday in Texas because it is a violation of the rights of the American Muslim Press.

Representatives of several national American Muslim organizations held a press conference in Texas to respond to a raid by federal law enforcement agents on a local Internet business.

"We don't want Middle East turbulence to create a climate of difficulty for the political and social rights of American Muslims  (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name.  Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") in the U.S.," said Yahya Basha, President of AMC.

On Wednesday morning, federal agencies raided the several offices of InfoCom Corporation in Richardson, Texas. InfoCom hosts web sites for more than 450 companies worldwide including several Muslim organizations such as the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Students Association, the Islamic Association for Palestine and the Holy Land Foundation. As of today, all of their web sites have been shut down. Agents from the Department of Commerce, the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Customs Service and the Secret Service took part in the raid.

The search has been reported as a part of the two-year ongoing investigation.   There is no additional information about the reason for the investigation.

For several years, InfoCom and other Muslim organizations have been the target of groups who object to American Muslim support for Palestinian human rights struggle. To get more information on the raid, please visit http://www.iviews.com and read the article on "Muslim Web Sites Remain Shut Down as FBI Continues Probe."

Contact: Farkhunda Ali, Communications Director
(202) 789-2262 ext. 205, farkhunda@amconline.org





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