Two FBI agents allegedly intimidated a Somali man in Minnesota as they tried several times to enlist him as an undercover informant, according to a recent release by the Minnesota chapter for the Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations.
TC Daily Planet The officials visited the man at his house, asking him to work for the agency, the release stated. When the man asked for a lawyer three times, he claims the agents threatened to withhold his asylum papers and set him against the Muslim community — by spreading a photo of him and saying that he was an informant — so the community would fear him and no one would speak to him.
“He is confused and worried,” said CAIR-MN’s executive director, Lori Saroya said about the man who sought assistance from the advocacy group for Muslims in Minnesota. “He doesn’t understand why the FBI is harassing him because he has never engaged in any illegal conduct.” (Neither had Omar Shafik Hammami -BELOW- an American Muslim, born and raised in the US, before he joined al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab in Somalia)
On January 30, CAIR-MN sent a letter to the agency’s local office in Minneapolis about the allegations, asking the agency to investigate the case. The agency contacted CAIR-MN the next day to inform the organization that they had received the letter and would investigate it internally.
Saroya wouldn’t reveal the man’s name, but described him as a family man in his mid-20s who lives in Minneapolis (ILLEGALLY).
“CAIR-MN has encouraged complaints from Minnesota Muslims, including Somalis, who are approached by the FBI for questioning or asked to become informants,” Saroya said. (CAIR published a poster telling Muslims NOT to cooperate with the FBI – below)
Over the past several years, the agency has been investigating the Minnesota Somali community, searching for connections between local Somalis and the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab in Somalia. As part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance about 20 Twin Cities, Somali men, believed to have gone to Somalia to fight for al-Shabab, the agency has raided some of the community’s local businesses and interrogated individuals suspected of being close to the missing men.
In May 2012, a U.S. House Report AGAIN urged the Department of Justice to cut ties with CAIR:
Daily Caller The Department of Justice is being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of the FBI in cutting off all non-investigative ties to the country’s largest Muslim advocacy organization, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, which passed the House on Wednesday, contains in its Committee Report (a separate public document that spells out how agencies are expected to spend the money allocated to them) a recommendation that Attorney General Eric Holder follow in the FBI’s footsteps and sever ties with CAIR:
Liaison partnerships.—The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case in which the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of material support of a terrorist organization. The committee acknowledges the attorney general’s refusal to attend certain meetings knowing that CAIR officials would be present, as indicated in testimony before the committee on February 28, 2012. The committee understands that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) has an existing policy prohibiting its employees from engaging in any formal non-investigative cooperation with CAIR. The committee encourages the attorney general to adopt a similar policy for all department officials.