LOS ANGELES - A Muslim rights group criticized a federal judge
on Wednesday, complaining he had compared the civil liberties of Muslim
Americans to a "hideous sea monster" while tossing out a lawsuit over the
infiltration of California mosques by an FBI informant.
Judge Cormac Carney dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday, which charged that the
undercover FBI informant had violated civil liberties of US Muslims by spying
on them, ruling that allowing the case to proceed could risk disclosure of
In his 36-page order, Carney invoked the fictional
Greek hero Odysseus, who was forced to sail his ship between a six-headed sea
monster and a dangerous whirlpool during an epic voyage home from the Trojan
"Odysseus opted to pass by the monster and risk a few of his
individual sailors, rather than hazard the loss of his entire ship to the
sucking whirlpool," Carney wrote. "Similarly, the proper application of the
state secrets privilege may unfortunately mean the sacrifice of individual
liberties for the sake of national security."