The South Asian
Network (SAN), a grassroots community-based
organization dedicated to promoting the
health, empowerment, and solidarity of persons
of South Asian origin, has issued a community
alert. Headlined ‘FBI Launches October Plan,
Targeting Particular Communities’, the alert
says: The FBI and Department of Homeland
Security recently launched an “aggressive
- even obvious -surveillance” plan for massive
interrogations, surveillance and possible
detentions. The plan is aimed at interrogating
persons of “interest”, including their family
members who may also be questioned.
by government agents you may choose the
Do Not Open
the Door. Without a court warrant, no one
can enter your home unless you let them
Talk to them
outside. If you feel that you want to talk
to the agents, or if they say they have
a warrant and you want to check it, step
outside. Do not let them in the house to
talk to them, because if you do this you
are giving up the right to keep them out
of your home.
Ask if you are
Free to Leave. Whenever you speak with any
government official, ask if you are free
to leave and if the conversation is voluntary.
If they say it is, or if they do not answer,
then tell them that you want to talk to
them later, with a lawyer. If you have a
lawyer’s card, give it to them and tell
them to contact your lawyer.
Do Not Lie to
the Officers. Lying to the federal officers
is a serious crime, whereas remaining silent
is not. You are better off not answering
questions than giving false answers.
Send a Citizen
or Legal Resident to Talk. If you want someone
to talk to the officers, send a citizen
or legal resident to speak with them. Someone
who is not documented should not speak to
the agents if possible.
Never sign anything
without reading, understanding, and knowing
the consequences of signing any document.
non-citizens have certain constitutional
rights. Please be polite and assert your
right. You have the right to:
Speak to a lawyer
before answering questions
have recently been contacted/visited by
the FBI, IMMIGRATION, or other LAW ENFORCEMENT
agencies, please contact SAN immediately.
562 403 0488 / 800 281 8111 Hamid Khan or