Government says religious contacts have improved security

Cooperation of Muslim and Arab communities noted
Five years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice say they’re working more with Muslim, Sikh and Arab communities to improve relations and address matters of safety and civil rights.

“Our country is more secure today because law enforcement and America’s Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian communities are working more closely together,” said Daniel Sutherland, officer for civil rights and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security at a mid-September forum in Washington.

Brett Hovington, director of community outreach for the FBI, said he hopes that relations will continue to improve so that people at the grass-roots level are willing to share information that might be helpful in terrorism-related investigations.


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