Justice Dept’s counterterrorism program will help keep citizens safe

Twin cities area Muslim leaders recently criticized the U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism program as a cover for spying on the Somali community.

As a Minnesotan Muslim youth leader, I feel that it is the duty and responsibility of the government to keep all its citizens safe. In this regard, actions taken by the government to establish law and order cannot be classified as spying.

The Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, recently stated that “the sermons in all the mosques should be monitored.” This would ensure that Muslim leaders are held accountable for what they preach to their congregation. Given the apathy shown by many Muslim leaders toward extremism taking hold in the Muslim community, I strongly feel that government oversight of Muslim leaders are a necessity.

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