Fishing For Muslims

Abby Zimet

A Muslim organization in the Detroit area, home to one of the country's largest Muslim communities, has asked
Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate complaints the FBI
is asking members to spy on Islamic leaders and
congregations. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan sent the letter after mosques reported that members have been approached to monitor people coming and their donations.

Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, said concerns have grown since the recent revelation of an FBI spy planted in a California mosque. He called the tactics, which former FBI agents have called useful to thwart terrorists, a "fishing expedition."

The charge by Michigan Muslims sounds entirely plausible, given widespread fear-mongering among right-wing groups. Paranoia seeps from an April 15 post on Family Security Matters, a homeland security-obsessed organization "created to give Americans like us the tools to become involved citizens and powerful defenders of our homes, our families and our communities." The post title: "Obama Administration Stacking the Deck with Islamists."




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