Grave Concern Regarding Israeli Intelligence in the U.S.

Washington, DC | | September 7, 2010 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) expresses grave concern over allegations that Israeli Intelligence agents are targeting Arab and Muslim Americans, posing as U.S. Federal Agents.  The activity was recently reported in a Washington Post Article by Jeff Stein.  Such activity will have a negative impact on the trust between Arab and Muslim Americans with the U.S. Federal Government.  ADC calls on the Department of Justice, Department of State, and other appropriate Federal agencies to thoroughly investigate any instances of individuals, including foreign nationals, falsely identifying themselves as a U.S. government official. 

ADC reminds community members, citizens and non-citizens, that you are entitled to have an attorney present in the event someone who identifies himself or herself as a government official and approaches you for questioning.  You do not have to answer any question, and your refusal to answer cannot be used against you.  You do not have to allow agents to enter your home without a warrant.  If the agent claims to have a warrant please demand to see it.  Further, please ask to see the credentials of the government official, ask the agent’s name and a business card, and call the FBI Field Office and ask for verification.

ADC will continue to monitor these reports.  If you or someone you know has been approached by anyone identifying himself or herself as a government official, but you suspect or question the identity of such official, please feel free to contact the ADC Legal Department at 202-244-2990, or