CAIR-NY, CCR: ‘Newburgh Four’ Raises Concern of FBI Tactics in Terror Cases
(NEW YORK, NY, 10/21/10) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) today expressed concern over the government’s use of agent provocateurs in an effort to prevent violent plotsfollowingMonday’s conviction of four men charged with planting bombs outside NYC synagogues with the help of a paid FBI informant.
The informant used in this case, Shahed Hussein, began working with the FBI in 2002 in order to avoid deportation after being convicted of fraud charges.
SEE: 4 men are convicted in synagogue-bombing plot
CAIR-NY and CCR released the following joint statement:
“The ‘Newburgh Four’ case highlights a troubling trend of questionable investigative and intelligence gathering tactics employed by the FBI.
“Preemptive prosecutions targeting Muslim communities without probable cause raise legal and ethical concerns for our justice system because of its heavy reliance on agent provocateurs and secret surveillance.
“The government’s persistent use of paid informants to infiltrate mosques and actively manufacture plots risks draining valuable FBI resources, deepens mistrust and undermines any relationship between the law enforcement and American Muslims.
“While we remain committed to protecting our country from harm, we reject surveillance measures, particularly of mosques, predicated on the idea that Muslims present security concerns minus any suspicion of criminal activity.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Alison Roh Park, 212-614-6480, email@example.com