Monday, July 14, 2008

Mosque surveillance stirs wide concerns among Muslims

A report that Muslims in California have been put under federal surveillance has led to renewed concerns in the American Muslim community that their religious freedom is coming under government pressure.

While there have been allegations in the past of government investigation of mosques on issues relating to terrorism, the recent report, first featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, is said to be the first confirmation that surveillance is taking place.

An article in the Los Angeles Times (May 29) reports that information about the alleged spying surfaced in a case about classified files concerning terrorism that were stolen from a secure office used by military and civilian law enforcement officials at Camp Pendleton.

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