Clinton files: A Muslim might help deter terror

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An unsigned, hand-written note included with Clinton administration documents on combatting terrorism urges, "Send a Muslim!"

The one-page, undated memo does not say where the person would be sent. But it says a Muslim would help the administration focus on the real issue — terrorism — and not a perceived war between the U.S. and Muslims.

It says the State Department should find a prominent Muslim for the task.

The note is in the same file as an August 1995 memo by then-Transportation Secretary Federico Pena about a news conference where he planned to tell the public about increased airport security. Reached Friday, Pena said he did not write the note about the Muslim.

The documents were among many released Friday by the National Archives.