Mosque Reports Scary FBI Mole to ... FBI
Mosque spy revelations trigger major new breach between feds and Us Muslims
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2010 1:40 AM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2010 5:54 AM CST
Former FBI informant Craig Monteilh.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – A member of a California mosque was so ardently promoting jihad against the US that frightened Muslim officials obtained a restraining order against him—and reported him to the FBI. The only problem? He was an FBI mole out to get the goods on any terrorists who were lurking in the holy place. "Farouk al-Aziz," code name Oracle, regularly attended the Islamic Center of Irvine with a minuscule camera hidden in a button, and a microphone on his key chain, reports the Washington Post. Aziz was actually convicted forger Craig Monteilh—who's now suing the FBI for conspiracy to have him arrested.

He claims he was paid $177,000, tax-free, in 15 months, and trained to entrap Muslims as he built a case against a mosque member, which has been dropped by prosecutors. His revelations are causing a major new breach in FBI-Muslim relations. "The community feels betrayed," said Shakeel Syed, head of an umbrella group of some 75 California mosques. "They got a bona fide criminal, and obviously trained him and sent him to infiltrate mosques. When things went sour, they ditched him and he got mad. It's like a soap opera, for God's sake." FBI officials insist the situation is not representative of its relationship with American Muslims. The bureau "relies on the support, cooperation and trust of the communities it serves and protects," said a spokesman. (Click for more on the FBI's latest questionable actions.)

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Dec 7, 2010 2:57 PM CST
The only real answer to all this is for everybody with a brain to work to improve their own community. If we jump in and help the poor and try and live like reasonable people, maybe others will jump on board and we'll start making things day at a time.
Dec 6, 2010 5:29 PM CST
All of you: Shut up, put whatever your opinions are to the side for now, and watch the documentary called The Third Jihad.
Dec 6, 2010 4:34 PM CST
Seriously the FBI is wasting tax payer money trying to look useful. Whether it was the Oregon bomber or the liberty city 7, our government can't do anything right. Stop making terrorists and instead try stopping REAL ones. The FBI is just trying to look busy to get more money and slowly erode our liberties.