FBI Raid Raises Questions about Past Raids
Then, the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and customs agents descended on the office near the former Osco Drug Store. Armed with a search warrant, they seized vehicles, computers and boxes of documents. Agents also raided a storage locker and the home of the charity's director, Mubarek Hamid.
His Detroit-based lawyer, Shareef Akeel, said the government is too secretive and is trampling on Hamid's civil liberties.
"What we're seeing here is a condemnation or a conviction of an organization before they have an opportunity to respond," Hamid said.
The IARA operated from offices near Providence and Broadway for nearly two decades helping, the agency said, needy children. However, the feds said their raid produced evidence that tied the group to Al Qaeda and other islamic fundamentalists. Two years later, there have been no arrests.
University of Missouri law professor Rodney Uphoff was part of the defense team in the state case of Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. Uphoff said the federal government doesn't seem to care about the court of public opinion.
"Because, after all, the government is now waging a war against terrorism," he said. "And certainly this administration believes that it pretty much can do whatever it wants in the name of defending our country in this war against terrorism."
The FBI has made no arrests yet in the IARA case, although agents said their investigation continues. The FBI previously said it committed resources from more than half its field offices to the case.