Arab-Americans Stay Clear of Moussaoui ; They Fear If They Question His Treatment, Federal Agents Might Come after Them Too

By Warren Richey writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, July 31, 2002 | Go to article overview

Arab-Americans Stay Clear of Moussaoui ; They Fear If They Question His Treatment, Federal Agents Might Come after Them Too


Warren Richey writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


Zacarias who?

That's pretty much how American Muslims are responding to the strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged 20th hijacker, who faces a potentially historic trial in a Virginia federal courtroom in late September.

Rather than rallying to his cause, many Muslims and Arab- Americans are keeping what they see as a safe distance from the self- proclaimed Osama bin Laden loyalist and Al Qaeda member.

Federal prosecutors are seeking to have Mr. Moussaoui executed for his alleged role in the Sept. 11 conspiracy. Although some critics have questioned whether he can receive a fair trial, the Muslim community in the US has remained largely silent about the case.

Analysts say that American Muslims do not identify with Moussaoui's extremist political views and radical interpretation of Islam. In addition, these analysts say, many Muslims are fearful that if they speak up and question whether Moussaoui is being treated fairly, they, too, might become targets of federal agents.

"Just asking the question is now tantamount to being seen as betraying the country," says Eric Erfan Vickers, executive director of the American Muslim Council in Washington. "There is a reluctance to express support for those who have been detained or charged, or to raise questions about whether the government has solid evidence."

Mr. Vickers adds, "We are in an environment now where an accusation is the equivalent of a conviction."

Limited access

Moussaoui is being held in solitary confinement pending his trial, and the trial judge has barred him from meeting with the only lawyer he says he trusts. All his limited contacts with the outside world are monitored by federal agents under new terrorism trial rules authorized by the attorney general.

To the US government, the Moussaoui trial represents an opportunity to hold someone accountable for the massive death and destruction on Sept. 11. Moussaoui admits that he came to the US on an Al Qaeda mission, but he denies any involvement in or knowledge of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

Instead, Moussaoui says the FBI knew in advance of the Sept. 11 attacks and allowed them to go forward. He says he wants to tell his story to Congress, to a grand jury, and eventually to a 12-member jury at his own trial.

In addition to spawning conspiracy theories, the coming trial may undermine years of effort by Arab-American and Muslim civil rights workers seeking to overcome anti-Arab bias and stereotypes. …

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