Terrorist Front Group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) of Greater Los Angeles and the Southern California Chapter of the ACLU filed the suit on behalf of three Muslims.
The suit accuses the FBI of paying Southern California resident Craig Monteilh to go undercover, infiltrate mosques and record conversations in search for potential terrorists.
Ali Shalik was one of those targeted in the investigation and one of the three plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit. Shalik says Monteilh’s deception came as a shock to the Muslim community, which had accepted him as a friend.
CAIR Los Angeles says the FBI operation has damaged the Muslim community’s trust in the government. (Awwww, the feeling is mutual) It has also prompted anger and increased suspicions about those who want to join the community.
Monteilh’s surveillance took place between 2006 and 2007. Lawyers say no terrorism charges were filed based on the information he collected. (Not yet, anyway)
The groups say the lawsuit seeks injunctive relief on behalf of all the people targeted by the FBI and their informant, requiring the FBI to turn over all the information collected during their investigation.