The FBI agents and informants are reportedly working to frame US Muslims for acts of terrorism and similar crimes, American Muslim leaders warn.
FBI agents “are not investigating to see if the individual is engaged, they are engaging the person in terrorist activities, in conspiracies, in plotting,” says Shaker Elsayed, Imam of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.
“Our experience here at al-Hijrah was very positive with the FBI leadership in Washington Field Office, until we found out that getting very close to the FBI came at a very serious price,” Elsayed pointed out in his interview with Press TV.
In two recent cases, two men were prompted and provided with fake explosives by undercover FBI agents to carry out attacks against Americans.
Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon in November while last month Antonio Martinez of Baltimore, Maryland allegedly planned a similar attack at a military recruiting base.
Elsayed warned that “those stories are becoming more common today than ever before.”
The FBI did not give an interview, but through a statement it said, “The FBI does not investigate mosques or other houses of worship…the FBI investigates individuals to determine whether they are engaged in or plotting criminal or terrorist acts.”
Elsayed opined that relations between the FBI and Muslims will remain fragile “until the people in positions, whether it is in the media or some politicians, decide to be men and stand for truth.”
The Imam of al-Islam Mosque in southeast Washington, Abdul Alim Musa, described the FBI tactic as “entrapment”.
“Every case that they have had in last several years … in New York they [planned] to blow up a synagogue,” he said. “They harassed our bothers … and finally they got them to go to the synagogue and then they said you are under arrest.”
Revelations of FBI informants in Islamic centers across the US have become more common. In one case at the Islamic Center of Irvine, California, an informant publicly stated that he was trained by the FBI to push Muslims to agree to commit violent acts.