November 21, 2002: Open Letter to the Muslim Community The FBI has begun a new round of questioning similar to that conducted in December of 2001. Muslim immigrants and U.S. citizens are the most likely targets, but others may be questioned. We would like to inform the general public about how to cooperate with the FBI without sacrificing constitutional rights.

  • Do not speak to anyone without consulting an attorney. You have the right to a lawyer. Telling the FBI that you need to speak with a lawyer before answering questions is not being uncooperative or disobeying an order.
  • You are only required to give your name.
  • You are not required to allow an agent into your home or office without a warrant. If an agent says that he or she has a warrant for your arrest, you have the right to see the warrant. You must go with them, but you do not have to answer their questions.
  • If you are detained, you still have the right to remain silent and to ask for a lawyer. Immigration detention centers provide contact information for attorneys.
  • Write down the name, agency, and telephone number of any investigator who calls or visits you.
  • ANY information you give to an agent without a lawyer, even if it seems harmless, can be used against you or someone else.
If you are called or visited by any investigator (FBI, INS Agent or Immigration Officer) please CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY: The New York Area Muslim Bar Association (NYAMBA) at (212) 725-3846 The Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) at (212) 966-5932 ext.213 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) at (212) 870-2002 The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) at (212) 344-3005 ext. 226 Co-sponsors: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) Muslim Legal Defense Fund (MLDF) Muslim Bar Association of the Greater Philadelphia Area The Muslim Law Students Associations (MLSA) of Fordham Law School, New York Law School and Columbia Law School