I criticized FBI Director Robert Mueller back in June 2002 when he attended a meeting of the American Muslim Council, the organization founded and directed (sometimes from behind the scenes) by Abdurahman Alamoudi. I ended my article "[The AMC:] ‘Mainstream' Muslims?" with the following advice: "Rather than endorse AMC by his presence, Robert Mueller should find other lunch companions next Friday. Then he should put the organization under surveillance, ascertain its funding sources, look over its books, and check its staff's visa status."
Well, what do you know – I got my wish. News came today of Mr. Alamoudi's arrest on charges of violating the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, which bars financial transactions with the Libyan government (for more on the charges, see my weblog at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2003/09/united-states-of-america-vs-abdurahman.html). Apparently, even as the FBI spokesman mistakenly lavished praise on the AMC as the "the most mainstream Muslim group in the United States," other agencies in the federal government were awake at the switch. (September 29, 2003)