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Published:October 17th, 2009 07:17 EST
FBI Undercover Program: Muslims Need Allies

FBI Undercover Program: Muslims Need Allies

By SOP newswire2

When a local Muslim activist told Chuck Warpehoski that the FBI was using undercover informants to collect information on people attending mosques, he knew the issue couldn`t be ignored.

After all, Warpehoski said, his group, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, had once been the target of FBI surveillance during the Vietnam War.

So Warpehoski, a Quaker, wrote a letter earlier this year to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging him to investigate the allegations and review FBI policies on profiling and surveillance. "If there is a reason to investigate, there is a reason," he said. "But to investigate just because of religious affiliation is not sufficient."

Warpehoski said a local Muslim activist told him about the FBI surveillance program, but as he sees it, it`s not just an issue for Muslim groups. If G-men can infiltrate a mosque, why not a church, synagogue or temple?...

While Muslim groups have applauded the solidarity of groups like the Interfaith Council in Ann Arbor, they say they are the exception.

It`s understood that this is only going to target Muslims. And if it`s only going to affect Muslims, why worry about it?" said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington.