Tampa may have had its own ground zero along Howard Avenue had concerned Muslims not informed law enforcement that someone they knew might pose a danger to our community because of his extremist views.

The FBI conducted a sting that resulted in the conviction of a Muslim American who said he wanted to blow up a South Tampa nightspot and then drive to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and detonate a suicide bomb.

So it seems counterproductive for the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to warn Muslims not to talk to the FBI without a lawyer being present. It is one thing to advise Muslims there may be occasions when a lawyer's presence is advisable. But a blanket call for an attorney is excessive.

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