Next April in Washington, FBI director Robert Mueller will give the agency's community service award to Farrukh Saeed, chairman of SALAM, the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims. "SALAM's openness and commitment to the community as a whole, regardless of faith, makes them a shining example of community leadership," said FBI special agent Herb Brown at the local ceremony.
"I think if anyone at SALAM knew anything about (potential) terrorism," Brown added, "they would come to us at the FBI." That certainty is not shared by locals familiar with SALAM, which openly hosts events with the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Local CAIR boss Rashid Ahmad recently downplayed the Benghazi attacks and wants to deprive American filmmakers of their freedom of speech.
The CAIR connection did not emerge in news reports about the FBI award, though Steve Magagnini of the Sacramento Bee brought in the case of Hamid Hayat, noting that it had made the SALAM people uncomfortable. "There was no evidence other than his own words that Hayat actually underwent terrorist training," Magagnini added, implying that Hayat, now serving a 24-year sentence, could be innocent.