"Why did you place the bomb?" "What will cause it to explode?" "Where is the bomb?" These are some of the questions on a "bomb threat checklist" that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recommends mosques and other Muslim, Arab, and South Asian community organizations keep posted near their phones in the increasingly likely case that someone rings up with a threat. The idea is to keep the caller on the line as long as possible, take down a detailed description of the voice, and quite possibly save some lives. The checklist is part of a "safety kit" that CAIR began distributing to mosques and Islamic centers across the country last week as the war on Iraq began producing the "collateral damage" of hate crimes at home. Panic is running high in communities that saw murders, arson, assaults, and countless acts of violence after 9-11and that are now hearing anti-Muslim vitriol spill out of right-wing radio as it... More >>>
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Mohamad's scar: Afraid to make a report to the police, the 20-year-old Pakistani told paramedics he'd stabbed himself.