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North Texas Muslims say routine meetings with FBI are fruitful, keep people safe
by Austin Huguelet
FBI agents in Dallas routinely meet with leaders of the North Texas Muslim community to discuss a variety of issues, including anyone who might be worthy of additional scrutiny by law enforcement.
Muslim leaders and former local federal law enforcement officials confirmed the meetings Monday, a day after a 29-year-old man who pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Authorities have said that the American-born shooter, Omar Mateen, was interviewed twice by the FBI, but the agency closed its inquiry into him when it found no evidence that he was a terrorist.
FBI outreach to North Texas Muslims began well before the 9/11 attacks, said Danny Coulson, who was the special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI field office from 1995 to 1997.
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