Washington Muslim group asks for investigation of FBI bias

Oct 3, 2011

SEATTLE — A Washington Muslim group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate anti-Islam bias in FBI trainings of law enforcement officers and regular citizens.

The Washington Council on American-Islam Relations mailed a letter on Monday to the department's civil right division. The letter lists complaints about FBI trainings, including one in Seattle last spring, where they say participants at a "citizen's academy" were given a handout comparing Arab/Islamic propaganda with Nazi propaganda.

A Muslim-American woman who participated in the training says she was surprised by the handout because everything else about the "citizen's academy" had been respectful. She complained to the FBI but says she hasn't received a response.

The FBI in Seattle has issued a statement saying the agency is currently conducting a comprehensive review of all training and reference materials that relate to religion or culture.