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Muslims: FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Us
Lawsuit alleges that agents try to strong-arm people into becoming informants
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
TSA workers screen passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle in this May 31, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – The FBI has been using the no-fly list to try to strong-arm American Muslims into becoming confidential informants, four men allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday. The plaintiffs' stories are all slightly different, but in each case FBI agents allegedly offered an explicit or implied quid-pro-quo, the Guardian reports. "We're the only ones who can take you off the list," one agent allegedly told Bronx resident Jameel Algibhah, as he tried to convince Algibhah to infiltrate a Queens mosque and pose as an extremist online.

"What can I do to clear my name?" another plaintiff recalls asking after being denied a boarding pass because he was on the list. The agents' alleged reply: "You help us, we help you." The suit, which names Eric Holder, FBI director James Comey, and several agents, demands both that the plaintiffs be removed from the list, and that the government create a mechanism for others to contest being listed. The FBI hasn't commented officially, but a former official tells the Washington Post that the bureau has criteria for listing someone, and refusing to be an informant isn't one of them.

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Apr 24, 2014 4:03 PM CDT
If the "so called" good and peaceful muslims would stand up and really speak out against the koran thumping murdering terrorists then we wouldn't have to bother anyone. Most of them stand silent, WHY? Most muslims hate America, so if they are not here to convert us or kill us, then why are they here? Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace : "Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are harsh to the unbelievers but merciful to one another" Quran 48:29
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 PM CDT
one last flight .......................OUT
Apr 23, 2014 9:30 PM CDT
you no fly i no cry!