FBI ‘fabricated terror emergencies to get phone records’

Jan. 19, 2010 – Guardian

The US justice department is preparing a report which concludes that the FBI repeatedly broke the law by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist to obtain more than 2,000 telephone call records over four years from 2002, including those of journalists on US newspapers, according to emails obtained by the Washington Post.

The bureau also issued authorisations for the seizure of records after the fact, in order to justify unwarranted seizures.

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FBI accused of spying on mosques in New York…

NEW YORK // Arab-American groups have urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation to either confirm or deny allegations made by a US congressman that a number of mosques in the New York region are under law enforcement surveillance.

Peter King, a Republican representative for New York, caused consternation when he told the Newsday newspaper that mosques had been monitored “for four or five years” and that “very few Muslims come forward to co-operate with police”.

“King’s repeated use of Islamophobic rhetoric is of deep concern to Muslims in his district and to the entire American Muslim community,” said Faiza Ali, the community affairs director for the Council on American Islamic Relations (Cair) in New York. “We are hoping the FBI and other elected officials will repudiate his remarks.”

Mr King’s allegations came as relations between US Muslim groups and the FBI have deteriorated across the country, threatening to undermine a co-operative spirit that developed after September 11.
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Ten U.S. Muslim organizations threatened this week to cease working with the FBI, citing “McCarthy-era tactics” by the agency, including efforts to covertly infiltrate California mosques.

The groups claim the FBI has sent undercover agents posing as worshippers into mosques, pressured Muslims to become informants, labeled civil rights advocates as criminals and spread misinformation.
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