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FBI Begins to Track Hate Crimes Against Followers of the Sikh Religion

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI will begin tracking crimes against Sikhs as part of its reporting system, the Associated Press reports.

The decision follows recent attacks on followers of the Sikh religion, including the shooting deaths of six worshippers in Wisconsin in August.

Followers of the religion have been pressing the FBI to include Sikhs in the tracking of hate crimes.

About 10% of Sikh adults have been physically assaulted because of their religious beliefs, a coalition of Sikhs told the FBI.

More Than 100 Members of Congress Urge FBI to Expand Tracking of Hate Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Support for tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab-Americans gained traction Thursday after more than 100 members of Congress sent a letter urging the FBI to take action, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.

The letter urging the FBI to begin tracking hate crimes against those groups comes after the Department of Justice also asked the FBI to do the same.

The desire to expand tracking for hate crimes follows the massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in August 2012.

“Unfortunately, there is a specific, demonstrated need for hate crime data for each of these three categories,” the letter said. “We understand that, at present, the FBI does not collect specific information about these categories of hate violence, which may at times be recorded as anti-Muslim bias motivation. However, evidence suggests that all too many crimes are committed against these groups because of their religious or national identity, and not because they are confused with Muslims.”

Son of Massacre Victim Wants FBI to Keep Stats on Anti-Sikh Hate Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The son of a woman killed at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin is urging the federal government to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, the Associated Press reports.

At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Harpreet Singh Saini, 18, said his mother deserves “the dignity of being a statistic.”

The Department of Justice said it’s considering whether to recommend that the FBI begin keeping statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs, according to the AP.

Wade Michael Page, who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot, opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., killing six and wounding four, the AP reported.

FBI: Temple Gunman Killed Himself; Motive Still Unknown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Sikh Temple gunman who killed six people in a rampage outside Milwaukee died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, the Associated Press reports.

Wade Michael Page was wounded by police when he turned the gun on himself, the FBI said Wednesday.

Investigators still don’t know what motivated Wade Michael Page to open fire with a 9 mm pistol shortly before Sunday services.

“We have not identified anyone else responsible for the shooting and we have not identified a motive,” Teresa Carlson, FBI special agent in charge in Milwaukee, told the AP and other news agencies.

FBI May Be Required to Collect Data Soon on Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI would be required to collect information on hate crimes committed against Sikh Americans under an initiative between the agency and the U.S. Justice Department, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The effort was spearheaded in April by U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who lives in a sizeable Sikh district. More than 90 other members of Congress endorsed the letter.

“We met with folks from Justice to discuss the letter and the possibilities are moving forward on that,” Crowley told the Journal Sentinel.

The effort comes after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

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Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

FBI Investigates Motive Behind Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether a gunman who killed killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was committing an act of domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlton said Sunday evening it’s unclear what prompted the attack.

This morning, the FBI identified the shooting suspect as Wade Michael Page, who served in the Army for six years, according to CBS News.

Page was killed in a shootout with police outside the temple.

Also today, police searched Page’s home for clues to a motive, Reuters reported.

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FBI Efforts to Foster Better Relations With Islamic Community Still Hits Bumps

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI efforts to strengthen the bonds with the Islamic American community haven’t always gone smoothly.

The latest of example of that came Saturday in Seattle when the the FBI, Seattle Police and U.S. Attorney’s Office participated in an outreach workshop Saturday with Seattle’s Muslim, Arab, East African and Sikh communities at North Seattle Community College, the Seattle Times reported.

The paper reported that “the event grew confrontational during the FBI’s presentation, which community members complained was too focused on Islamic terrorist groups. Then, the agents showed a PowerPoint slide about state-sponsored terrorism that included a photograph of a man many in the audience believed was a Shia Islamic leader based on his clothes. Several people in the audience asked whether it was Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a political and religious leader who led the 1979 Iranian Revolution and died in 1989.”

The Times reported that two FBI agents giving the presentation didn’t know who it was.

“That offended members of the audience even more, and one of them compared it to calling the pope a terrorist or serving pork to Muslims,” the paper reported.

The Seattle Times siad that the FBI agents Brenda Wilson and Daniel Guerrero declined to comment to the media afterwards, but told community leaders they welcomed their feedback.

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