Muslim man from Oklahoma seeks justice department inquiry

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is seeking a federal Justice Department investigation into the actions of Oklahoma FBI agents in regard to their recent treatment of Saadiq Long, a Muslim Air Force veteran, and his extended family.
by Carla Hinton Modified: December 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

Anderson said she was told by a McAlester police official that this treatment was because the FBI had called the police department and asked for help in apprehending someone.

Darrell Miller, McAlester assistant chief of police, said Thursday McAlester officers stopped Anderson and Long in the police department alley because FBI representatives had called and said they needed assistance apprehending someone.

“Once we had them stopped, they were turned over to the FBI,” Miller said.

Anderson said an FBI agent approached her and told her in a sarcastic manner that he had been trying to get her to pull over so he could apologize for the inconvenience. Anderson said she asked the agent for his business card and he refused to give her one. She said she hopes an inquiry by the justice department will provide answers about why her brother and his extended family have been treated the way they have been.

“My brother deserves the right to know,” she said. “It's sad that in today's time, we're still using fear as a tactic. My concern is that my civil liberties have been trampled on, and there's nobody accountable.”

Meanwhile, Long said he was interrogated at length by federal agents at stops in Amsterdam and in Detroit on his way to Oklahoma in November. He said he cannot pinpoint anyone in his life that would cause concern for the government.

The Air Force veteran said he is concerned about the safety of his family in America as well as his wife, who is a U.S. citizen, and his family living in Qatar.

Soltani said the Council on American-Islamic Relations will continue to monitor Long's case, and litigation may result.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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