Supreme Court to Review Allegations of Illegal Spying

Supreme Court to Review Allegations of Illegal Spying

( – In the aftermath of 9/11, the US government was doing everything in its power to understand how and why terrorists were able to kill over 3,000 people in one day. This led to increased scrutiny of Muslim Americans, with some government agencies secretly infiltrating local mosques in the name of national security. However, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is now taking these actions into question.

On Monday, November 8, the SCOTUS will hear oral arguments for FBI v. Fazaga, a case where three Muslims are suing the FBI for illegal spying in the mid-2000s. It turns out, the FBI sent an informant into multiple mosques in Orange County, California, to collect recordings, conversations, and written correspondence between its members. Eventually, the informant began bringing up “violent jihad” and allegedly told fellow Muslims he wanted to “bomb something.”

Understandably frightened, the mosque leaders reported the informant to the FBI as a threat to national security, soon finding out the FBI actually paid the man’s salary. Now, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the FBI can spy on Americans like so in the name of “national security” or if it’s a violation of their religious freedom.

The ACLU shared more about the case on Twitter:

It’s part of the government’s job description to keep our nation safe, which the FBI said its operations at mosques in Orange County were doing. However, how often can the FBI claim to defend itself in the name of “national security” when religious freedom is at risk? Our nation’s SCOTUS justices have their work cut out for them to understand just what happened during this surveillance and walking the fine line of freedom versus security.

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