Podcast: Can the FBI spy on Muslims and not say why?

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In 2011, a group of Muslims in Orange County sued the federal government, alleging that the FBI violated the constitutional rights of Muslims by spying on them solely because of their religion. Although the feds denied these allegations, they said that they could not disclose why they had spied upon this community. According to the government, this would expose state secrets. The lawsuit is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. The feds want it to be dismissed.

Today, we hear from L.A. Times reporter Suhauna Hussain, who is covering the case. We will hear from several plaintiffs as well as Muslim activists. We’ll also hear from Craig Monteilh (the self-admitted FBI informant at the centre of this all).

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times reporter Suhauna Hussain

More reading:

Supreme Court skeptical of FBI’s claim in monitoring of Orange County Muslims

Column: In Orange County case, the U.S. is hiding behind claims of ‘state secrets’

From the archives: Man says he was FBI informant

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra and Shannon Lin, and producer Melissa Kaplan. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Lauren Raab, Shani O. Hilton are our editors. Andrew Eapen composed our theme song.

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