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Ex-FBI Agent Who is Muslim Says Opposition to Mosque Helping al Qaeda About War Against Islam

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former top FBI interrogator, who is a Muslim, says the opposition to building a mosque near ground zero is only helping al-Qaeda, the Washington Post’s Spy Talk column reports.

“It bolsters the message that radicalizers are selling: That the war is against Islam, and Muslims are not welcome in America,” ex-FBI agent Ali Soufan wrote in a piece in Forbes magazine, according to Spy Talk.

“There are many reasons for supporting the Muslim community’s right to build a cultural center and mosque on private property, not least of all the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion,” wrote Soufan, who was a supervisory special agent with the bureau from 1997 to 2005.

“But from a national security perspective, our leaders need to understand that no one is likely to be happier with the opposition to building a mosque than Osama Bin Laden. His next video script has just written itself.”

FBI to Probe Murder of Forbes Editor in Russia

Could this be a sign of more things to come involving cooperation between the U.S. and Russia?

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Mark Franchetti
Sunday Times
MOSCOW — FIVE years after the high-profile murder in Moscow of American magazine editor Paul Klebnikov, Russian authorities have agreed to co-operate with US investigators and grant the FBI access to the investigation.

The unprecedented concession was made in the wake of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Russia last week, a summit that was billed as an opportunity to “reset” strained relations between the two countries.

Ever since Klebnikov, an American of Russian descent who moved to Moscow to launch the local edition of US business magazine, Forbes, was gunned down outside his office in July 2004, his family has lobbied for the FBI to be allowed to offer its expertise to Russian investigators. Despite Washington’s numerous offers for a joint inquiry, the Russians consistently refused to co-operate.

After a five-year investigation, and a botched trial in which two suspects were acquitted, the Russians told Klebnikov’s family last week that they had closed the murder case.

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