A federal judge in the US has rejected a lawsuit filed against the country’s administration over spying by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Muslims in Orange County, California.
US District Judge Cormac J. Carney made the decision on Tuesday, claiming that if the suit proceeds, it may disclose ‘sensitive government data.’
The move came in response to a lawsuit filed last year when FBI sent an undercover informant, named Craig Monteilh, to the mosques of Orange County. Muslims say the agency has violated their civil liberties.
Following the ruling, the non-profit American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California and the US-based organization of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which had lodged the compliant on behalf of three Orange County Muslims, said they would appeal the judge’s decision.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Abdul Alim Musa, the Imam of Masjid al-Islam, from Washington, to further discuss the issue.
The program also offers the opinions of two other guests: Richard Becker, with A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, from San Francisco, and Dr. Kevin Barrett, with the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance, from Madison. The following is a rough transcription of the interview with Abdul Alim Musa.
Let’s look at and zoom in on that new racial profiling because it seems like not a new story but occurring time and again. I’d like to ask you this, Abdul Ali Musa, why is it that it keeps continuing?
Maybe you can shed light on this if you have personal experience of it yourself. I know that in some examples, Muslims, persons of religious faith of Islam, going through, for example, airports in the United States get looked at in a different light.
[In the Name of God - Most Beneficent; Most Merciful] First of all, I would like to say that on the situation of Orange County, I’ve spoken there several times at the University of Irvine. The imam at the masjid in Irvine that was there a few years ago, Imam Sadullah Khan from South Africa, we have been personal friends for decades.
What I found there was not only infiltration of the masjid and the workings in Orange County from the low end but also the second in command of our organization, a notorious saboteur and infiltrator, we used to call him Amir Abdul Malik Ali, it seems as though he worked in perfect cooperation with Israeli agents and American institutions to arrange situations in Orange County especially at the university.
This person was based in Oakland but would go to Orange County or go to Irvine at least once or twice a week for several years.
It seems as though they would arrange situations that would justify the government infiltrating. They have to have a pretext or a reason, like our brother said earlier about 9/11 and all of these government arranged processes. The same thing happened in Orange County.
Why is it a repeat in our history? Anyone in America that wants to do good, the race doesn’t matter: if you are Philip Berrigan, if you’re Martin Luther King or if you’re Malcolm X, it didn’t matter.
If you want to make a better world or institute a new program improving the condition of humanity, the government has a set pattern to come out and crush you anyway it can.
We go back to the Judge [Robert] Bork days when he was trying to get in the Supreme Court, over 25 years ago when the government lost a case against the Palestinian Nine -- they called them the Palestinian Nine, they were not all Palestinians - in the mid 1980s, the government lost its case. It was thrown out because the government used illegal means to acquire information, and it was thrown out.
That was the beginning of this stage for the renewal of the changing or the arrange for the changing of the laws of the United States and what we call a constitutional dictatorship to the point that now we are targeted killings, we have Anwar al-Awlaki and his son droned to death, we have drones in Pakistan, we have drones all over the Muslim world killing people without any due process, without any justification and without any explanation.
Now, the laws inside the United States, the Constitution, have been removed from society. Technically, the Bill of Rights doesn’t exist. This is why the government now feels free to say we can’t disclose any of the illegal doings that we do because it’s a state secret.
Well, everything that they do is a state secret but they feel free to trample on our so-called constitutional rights and guarantees.
We believe this is an arranged process. We believe that there are three main - when we talk about terror, we talk about the American government militarily around the world, the Israeli government with the media, the Israeli affiliates throughout the world and their operatives that control the media, the books and everything else that feed us a diet of disbelief.
Then we have Saudi Arabia. When you hear about al-Qaeda, when you hear about Taliban, when you hear about all of these disjointed Muslims killing other Muslims, then you’re talking about Saudi Arabia.
Remember, when you tied a triangle of terror together, you have American military, Israeli or Zionist media, and then you have the Saudi Arabians which help arrange things.
In 9/11, they said most of them were Saudi Arabians. So, if they were from Saudi Arabia, why didn’t they invade Saudi Arabia instead of invading Afghanistan?
Imam Musa, since our guest there in San Francisco talked about the Occupy movement, we had news last week that came out that the US government has through their security apparatus raided some homes of Occupy protesters in certain states and actually retrieved some of the documents there including, perhaps, documents stored in their computers.
Why have they gone this far? Do they think the problem will be resolved in this form and manner when the bigger picture that the Occupy movement is preaching is not something that’s being addressed? -At least that’s the feeling that the Occupy movement has.
We can clearly see -- again, I am here in Washington D.C. and our original office, masjid and center is in Oakland, California. Oakland, California, has been one of the centers of the Occupy movement.
When I went down to visit several times, I could see clearly that they had already arranged many saboteurs, many infiltrators, many people to cause trouble and make it look like this totally non-violent movement was involved in violence, dope smoking.
In Dallas and other places, they sent homeless people and drug addicts and everything to press on the movement and join the movement; and it justifies the police again in cracking down.
As our brother said earlier, this system, automatically, I don’t know why we have to repeat it so much, it automatically goes into the mode of oppression.
If you take issues like Imam Luqman who was assassinated three years ago in Detroit, it was a setup, it was arranged, and was a clear assassination; whether it’s the masjid in New York, whether it’s our centers in Washington D.C., in Oakland.
There was a report this month, the August edition of Horizon, this is a national Islamic magazine, and they did research and they came up with a number: they feel there have been over 500,000 interviews by the Federal government since 9/11 of Muslims - just one point - 15,000 agents...