ACLU and U.S. Brotherhood Groups Sue FBI Over Records


Various news media have reported that the ACLU along with a a group of Islamic organizations and individuals, at least some of who pare part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, are suing the FBI and the Justice Department Tuesday for allegedly failing to turn over records detailing what the plaintiffs believe to be surveillance and/or investigation. According to the report, the plaintiffs had filed a FOIA request in May 2006 seeing records describing the FBI’s guidelines and policies for surveillance and investigation of Muslim religious organizations, as well as specific information about FBI inquiries targeting 11 different groups or people. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, alleges that only four pages were turned over by the FBI in response to the initial FOIA request. Among the The plaintiffs are the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and its director Shakeel Syed, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)and the head of its Southern California office Hussam Ayloush, and the former President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Muzammil Siddiqi, all know to be associated with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

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