Suit claims FBI violates Muslims' rights at mosque

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 23, 2011 23:01

LOS ANGELES — Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the FBI say they have become paranoid that the agency is following them and monitoring their phone calls after an informant was ordered to target Muslims for surveillance when he infiltrated California mosques.

Ali Malik said Wednesday that his wife has recurring dreams that he will be snatched by the FBI, and the couple fears their phones are bugged.

Malik is one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The lawsuit alleges that ex-FBI informant Craig Monteilh violated Muslims' constitutional rights by conducting "indiscriminate surveillance" because of their religion.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the agency does not target religious groups or individuals based on their religion.


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