FBI spied on Muslim meetings

April 2, 2012

FBI agents infiltrated “community outreach’ programs conducted by Muslims in the San Francisco Bay area for four years starting in 2004, according to recently-released documents made public by the American Civil Liberties Union. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Agents took names and made notes on viewpoints and religious activities of Muslims and then entered the data into intelligence files accessible by other federal agencies.

A member of the U.S. Civil Right commission, Michael Yaki, a former San Francisco supervisor, said the activities “bring back the specter of McCarthyism.” He’s asking the Justice Department to investigate.

The FBI, in a statement, said it collected the information as part of “authorized law enforcement activity” but has since changed its practices to “emphasize a greater distinction between outreach and operational activities.” Officials said the practice ended four years ago, but Yaki said he thinks it continued thereafter.



  1. standup says:

    The FBI can spy on them all day long as long as it keeps them from detonating a dirty bomb in the US which is what some of them would like to do.

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  2. mkaney says:

    Everyone is expressing concern about fundamentalists and people who are willing to kill for their cause… but who is doing most of the killing? When it comes right down to it, if you want to cherry pick, you can find all sorts of heinous sounding dogma in the bible, just as you can in the Quran.

    In Iraq alone, over 115,800 civilians have been killed. That doesn’t count soldiers, and they are people as well. It is estimated that deaths resulting from sanctions range from a LOW of 115,000 up to 1.5 million. Who exactly lives in fear of who? I’d like to see what fundamentalist Christians would do if civilians were being killed by drone strikes in the U.S. I suspect we’d find that the current lack of caucasian suicide bombers is caused by circumstance, and not religion.

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