In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter
2180 W. Crescent Ave, Suite F, Anaheim, Ca 92801Tel: 714.776.1847 Fax: 714.776.8340 email@example.com
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Annotated Source List: News Articles and Cases Reported to CAIR
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The FBI has been monitoring individual Muslims, mosques and Islamic organizations, questioningindividuals at their homes or at work, and even pursuing individuals’ families and friends, oftenwithout evidence that these individuals or institutions are involved in illicit activity. The result is thatMuslims are increasingly afraid to go to their houses of worship, to speak freely or become involvedin Islamic organizations and events. They are pursued, harassed and presumed suspect solelybecause they are Muslim. In most cases, no charges are ever made. When charges are made, theyfall under immigration or document fraud, tax evasion, and lying to federal officers, though the casesare often touted as victories against “terrorism.” Such ethno-religious profiling appears to have beeninstitutionalized when the Department of Justices’ agency guidelines, which took effect on December1, 2008, lowered the threshold for beginning investigations on individuals and allowed race andethnicity to be factors in opening investigations.
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The FBI has used informants and agents provocateurs to infiltrate mosques, befriend and provokeworshippers into making incriminating statements, or induce vulnerable Muslims into discussing illicitactivity. Informants are both Muslims hired to spy within mosques and community organizations, aswell as people with criminal backgrounds posing as Muslims. They are paid and/or rewarded basedon the amount of information they produce; therefore, these informants are inclined to exaggerate,instigate and fabricate cases of a “terrorist” nature.
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The FBI has recruited and attempted to recruit Muslims to work as informants within the Muslimcommunity. They may use secondary questioning by Customs and Border Protection, reports made toFBI by law abiding Muslims trying to help law enforcement, or contacts made through “fishingexpeditions” to recruit Muslims. In doing so, they have often used threats of prosecution ordeportation or promises of large payoffs to get Muslims to spy on their own community. For someindividuals who have refused recruitment, there is startling evidence that the FBI has actuallyretaliated against them.
Case details are based on reports made to CAIR by complainants. Full details of the cases are kept withCAIR to protect the identity of the people involved.