U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called the ongoing federal terror investigation in Flushing one of the most significant since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but leaders from the borough’s Muslim and South Asian communities are alarmed by the increase in suspicion and fear they say has resulted.
Speaking outside the Flushing Library Saturday, some 50 representatives from several organizations and Muslims in the area registered their displeasure with what they said was indiscriminate profiling of minorities in their community.
“There has been a wide casting of a net over the entire Muslim community,” said Monami Maulik, executive director of Desis Rising Up and Moving, a Jackson Heights-based group that advocates for the rights of South Asians.
Maulik noted the groups present recognized the need for terrorism investigations, but “they should happen in a manner that respects people’s dignity and due process rights.”
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