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.