Stop the Lies About Spying on Law-Abiding Muslims in Orange County: ACLU to FBI

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is arguing in court against a deadbeat: the U.S. government. In a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the ACLU maintains fines should be upheld against the government for lying to a Santa Ana federal judge hearing Islamic Shura Council v. FBI.

Islamic Shura Council v. FBI was filed two years ago to force the government to disclose information about FBI surveillance of "several prominent, law-abiding members of the Southern California Muslim community," according to an ACLU statement.

"The FBI repeatedly spied on Muslim leaders and organizations--including the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Southern California, and several of their leaders--according to documents released in the case."

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But after the government claimed all data regarding the program had been turned over, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney found this was not true and imposed fines. The government then appealed.

The government's actions throughout the case erode the landmark Freedom of Information Act, the ACLU contends.

"It is hard to imagine any practice more corrosive to our democratic system than government-sanctioned lying to the very courts entrusted with the power to prevent government abuse.," says Ahilan Arulanantham, ACLU/SC deputy legal director, in the statement. "We are disappointed that the Obama Administration continues to defend this practice, and hopeful that the Ninth Circuit will agree that it must be stopped."

Professors from 11 leading law schools filed an amicus brief urging the Ninth Circuit to uphold the sanctions, the ACLU notes.

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SickSnale
SickSnale

CAIR is a terrorist organization and should be spied on.

Andrew Cusumano
Andrew Cusumano

It's not just muslims they're spying on.... it's everyone. look up PRISM and the Patriot Act.

rrl1965
rrl1965

The FBI has always been a criminal organization.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"It is hard to imagine any practice more corrosive to our democratic system than government-sanctioned lying to the very courts entrusted with the power to prevent government abuse.," says Ahilan Arulanantham, ACLU/SC deputy legal director

Dear ACLU deputy legal director, here's a few more corrosive practices by law enforcement in Orange County, CA

1. With premeditation and malice of forethought, destroying an American citizen's reputation

2. Using police officer's by land and by air to harass and intimidate an American citizen

3. Using criminal civilians to harass and intimidate an American citizen in a more violent manner than allowed by the cops. 

4. Using criminal civilians to damage an American citizen's property

5. Violating the concept of the privacy of an American citizen's home in the most despicable manner - rendering the concept of the sanctity and safety of one's home mute. Concepts that were fundamental to the principles of this nation

6.  And when all fails since you were the victim and the police were the criminals, attempting murder against an American citizen in order to cover up the garbage acts. Something Bernie Madoff didn't even do. 

7. And the worse part, the criminally insane arrogance to think you can look at the victim as if he is some sort of criminal. I call it criminal racism. 

No wonder no one REALLY wants to talk to me. 


paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Fines? Great. So the FBI , a Government Agency can violate the Constitutional Rights of Citizens, then they can pay a fine via the Public dime. Meanwhile, if this was just some guy doing the spying that person would be in jail waiting trial or taking a plea deal. Theres no on being held accountable. The public pays the fine for them and no one is held accountable at all.

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