Skip to comments.Report: FBI agent bumped Irvine Muslim with car
Posted on 05/19/2007 2:34:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
The University of California, Irvine, is investigating whether an FBI agent bumped a Muslim student with his car near the site of an anti-Israel protest.
Yasser Ahmed, 21, said he noticed he was being followed by a car with blackened windows as he drove a 24-foot moving van on campus Monday night to pick up an exhibit sponsored by the Muslim Student Union.
The exhibit was a mock wall set up on campus to represent a barrier Israel has built in Palestine.
Ahmed said he got out of the truck, stood in front of the car and asked the driver to identify himself.
When the driver of the Ford Taurus wouldn't speak, Ahmed said he tried to snap the car's license number with his cell phone.
The driver then revved the engine and began pushing Ahmed back with the front bumper, he said.
Ahmed got out of the way and the car drove off but it was chased by other students on bicycles and a campus police car.
The driver quickly was stopped and identified himself as an FBI agent who was "doing surveillance" in the unmarked car, campus Police Chief Paul Henisey said.
The alleged incident caused "a degree of emotion and concern" on campus, according to the chief.
"There are potential criminal allegations, and we're still not certain what happened," Henisey said. "We're trying to determine if there was an assault and if the vehicle was used."
"He didn't open his window and didn't let me know who he was. He never said anything," Ahmed said Friday. "All he had to say was that he was FBI or law enforcement and this wouldn't have happened. I was frightened."
The agent was "in the course of an investigation that brought him to the campus," said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman with the FBI in Los Angeles.
She declined to elaborate but said the agent was not required to identify himself because he was not making an arrest.
"But I can tell you we don't monitor students exercising their First Amendment rights," she said.
"Agents can be led anywhere during the course of an investigation," Eimiller said. "There is no surveillance being conducted at educational institutions."
Last year, Muslims protested after an FBI agent was quoted as telling a business group in Newport Beach that the agency was aware of activism among Muslim students at UC Irvine and the University of Southern California.
J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, met with students and parents at an Irvine mosque to assure them their community was not being monitored.
Now, "some parents are asking, again, 'What's the FBI doing on campus?'" said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Anaheim.
Bump for a bump.
Bumped Muzzie’s car? Cry me a friggin river.
Umm ... headline is inaccurate. According to the story, the bumped vehicle was a 24 foot long moving truck being driven by a mulsim student into the heart of a University campus. Just saying.
Hopefully watching your children before they strap on bomb belts to please Allah
Whoops. Sorry, the headline is right. Oh well, I still think its interesting that, according to the story, there was a moving truck driven by a muslim into a university campus.
‘What’s the FBI doing on campus?’” said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Anaheim.
probably observing the activities of CAIR as they relate to “students”
posted as found off the wire, I read that as well. Thanks!
“All he had to say was that he was FBI or law enforcement and this wouldn’t have happened.”
And the tooth fairy was arriving that night too.
Why not? There are more anti-Americans on campus than anywhere else.
I wouldn't have opened my window if I knew that I militant muzzie was nearby either.
and didn't let me know who he was. He never said anything,"
He was not required to. You were not being stopped or arrested.
Ahmed said Friday. "All he had to say was that he was FBI or law enforcement and this wouldn't have happened.
He didn't "have" so say squat to you.
I was frightened."
Tough. Get used to it if you hang around militant muzzies.
Oh, the inanity!
Please Lord, forgive this man if he is lying.
I hope the agent threw it in reverse, and 'bumped' him again!
Good job, FBI. At least some of my tax dollars are being put to good use.
a Ford Taurus with blackened windows, FBI ? who knew?
I sure as hell hope this is BS.
So an FBI agent didn’t want some scumbag terrorist taking a picture of his license plate.