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« on: Mar 18, 2009 06:49 AM »

How much you wanna bet there is at least one of these 'guys' in every Mosque in the United States trying to entrap innocent Muslims.

In this case the Muslims WENT TO THE POLICE and asked for an order of protection so this guy would stay away from their Mosque and the FBI are still prosecuting! Note the bogus charges they came up with "perjury? passport fraud?? lying to an official" <--- they use that one a lot. And notice his crime "being related thru marriage to someone who might or might not be a terrorist" and because he didn't "DISCLOSE" that on his visa application!! Unbelievable. Muslims can't win no matter what they do! There was a similar case in NJ this past summer. The Muslims went directly and told the police and the jury still found them guilty.   -- J.


Craig Monteilh, dressed in his undercover Islamic clothing, says he worked for the FBI as a paid informant from July 2006 to October 2007.

He identifies himself in a court filing as having infiltrated mosques in Orange County on behalf of the agency.

As federal authorities press their case against a Tustin man accused of lying about ties to Al-Qaeda, they disclosed this week that some evidence came from an informant who infiltrated Orange County mosques and allegedly recorded the defendant discussing jihad, weapons and plans to blow up abandoned buildings.

On Wednesday, a man who claims to be that informant stepped forward, filing court documents saying that he had served as a confidential informant for the FBI from July 2006 to October 2007 to identify and thwart terrorist operations in the Orange County Islamic community.

The claim by Craig Monteilh, a 46-year-old Irvine resident, that he had been sent by the FBI to infiltrate several Orange County mosques could affect the government's case against Ahmadullah Sais Niazi. His allegations highlight recurring issues about the use of informants by law enforcement agencies and have fanned long-held fears by some Muslim leaders about religious profiling.

Monteilh said in interviews that he had alerted the FBI to Niazi after meeting him at the Islamic Center of Irvine in November 2006 and spending eight months with him. Monteilh said he called himself Farouk Al-Aziz and posed as a Syrian-French American in search of his Islamic roots. Monteilh told the FBI that Niazi befriended him and began to lecture him about jihad, gave him lessons in bomb-making and discussed plots to blow up Orange County landmarks.

"He took me under his wing and began to radicalize me," Monteilh said.

The FBI declined to comment on Monteilh's allegations, which could not be independently verified. Niazi's attorney, deputy federal public defender Chase Scolnick, also declined to comment.

But an FBI agent's testimony in the case Tuesday and interviews with Muslim leaders both appeared to bolster some of Monteilh's assertions about his role in the case.

Special Agent Thomas J. Ropel III testified at a bail hearing for Niazi that the defendant had been secretly recorded by an informant while initiating jihadist rhetoric and threatening to blow up abandoned buildings. Ropel did not name Monteilh but testified that the agency's informant was the same man Muslims had reported to the FBI as an extremist. In June 2007, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported Monteilh to the FBI as a possible terrorist, said Hussam Ayloush, the council's executive director in Anaheim.

Ayloush said he was "100% sure" that Monteilh was the informant in question and expressed anger and disappointment that the FBI would infiltrate mosques. He accused officials of trying to entrap innocent Muslims, noting that Monteilh has been convicted of grand theft and forgery in the past. He said Muslims had worked hard to develop a partnership with the FBI -- and had been assured by J. Steven Tidwell, then assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles field office, at an Irvine forum in 2006 that their mosques were not being monitored. Now, Ayloush said, he has doubts about future relations with the FBI.

"This is religious profiling at its worst," Ayloush said about the FBI operation.

The Afghanistan-born Niazi, 34, was arrested last week and is scheduled to be arraigned next month on suspicion of perjury, naturalization fraud, misuse of a passport obtained by fraud and making a false statement to a federal agency. Niazi, who has lived in the United States since 1998 and earned citizenship five years ago, is related by marriage to Amin al-Haq, an Afghan militant who fought the Soviet occupation of the 1980s with a U.S.-backed Islamic resistance force that now is branded an Al Qaeda affiliate. Niazi is accused of failing to disclose those ties during his application for citizenship.

Niazi asserted after his arrest last week that he is an innocent man who is being retaliated against by the FBI for refusing to become an informant.

In Tuesday's bail hearing, Ropel asserted that Niazi was a danger to the community who should be held without bail. But prosecutors offered no testimony regarding the specific plots Monteilh says he told the FBI that he discussed with Niazi, allegedly involving attacks on Orange County shopping centers, military installations and court buildings. Nor was there any testimony about other mosque members allegedly having been involved in those or other terrorist activities, as Monteilh maintains was the case.

Ayloush said he had received numerous complaints from Muslims in 2007 that Monteilh was aggressively promoting terrorist plots and trying to recruit others to join him. Citing such behavior and saying that it made members of the mosque feel threatened, the Islamic Center of Irvine won a temporary restraining order in June 2007 that barred Monteilh from the mosque.

Monteilh filed a petition Wednesday to lift the restraining order, saying that he wanted to clear his name from any suspicion of terrorist activity. He had not contested the original order, he said, because he had been instructed by the FBI not to testify at the hearing. But he said he was speaking out now because the FBI had allegedly violated pledges to remove the restraining order, place him in a witness protection program, give him a final payment of $100,000 and grant other benefits in an exit package.

"Although the FBI has not fulfilled their promises, I am proud to have participated in the War on Terror," Monteilh said in the petition.

Monteilh, burly and bald, said he first began working for the FBI in late 2003 as an informant on white supremacist and narcotics cases after making connections with the Aryan Brotherhood during a prison stint for forgery. In 2006, he alleges, he agreed to infiltrate mosques.

During two weeks of training, Monteilh said in an interview with The Times, he was taught about Islam, Arabic, self-defense and weapons. He said he was outfitted with video and audio recording devices and given specific names of people to monitor. Monteilh said he also was instructed to progress slowly in his embrace of Islam to make his conversion seem natural -- wearing Western clothes initially and then eventually growing a beard and donning an Egyptian robe, shawl and head cap.

In August 2006, Monteilh said, he approached his first target: the Islamic Center of Irvine. There, he alleges, he made his declaration of the Islamic faith known as shahada and, as instructed by his FBI handlers, posed as a serious student of Islam.

Several Muslims began to embrace him, he told the FBI, and by December he was approached by Niazi. The pair dined at an Islamic Chinese restaurant in Anaheim and hit it off after Monteilh pledged that he would do everything he could to protect Muslims from harm by infidels. He described Niazi as highly intelligent, devout, resourceful and scholarly, with a temperate mien overlaying the passion of his cause.

In an interview, Monteilh alleged that he told the FBI that Niazi told him that he had been one of 200 people who greeted Osama Bin Laden in 1996 when he took refuge in Afghanistan after being expelled from Sudan. Niazi called Bin Laden an "angel," Monteilh said -- an assertion that FBI Agent Ropel repeated this week as information gleaned from the agency's informant. Ropel testified Tuesday that Niazi told the informant that it was his "duty to engage in violent jihad."

Over a year, Monteilh further related in an interview, the FBI paid him sums ranging from $2,500 a month to as high as $11,200.

Monteilh said he was cut loose as an informant in fall 2007 because members of the mosque he infiltrated began to suspect that he was working with the FBI.

Kenneth Piernick, a former FBI counter-terrorism official who is a consultant in Virginia, said parsing out what's true and what's not, even from someone deemed to be a reliable informant, can be challenging.

"You don't go talk to choirboys to get information on thugs," said Piernick, who retired from the bureau in 2003.

He said informants can be egotistical, manipulative and dishonest. Those who are getting paid, he said, have been known to "exaggerate information, or even invent it" to keep the money flowing.

Piernick said common reasons for discontinuing an informant include low-quality or unreliable information.

"In other words, he's not worth the effort," Piernick said.,0,6981333.story?page=1
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 18, 2009 07:13 AM »

Check out this email sent by Maury Salakhan in July 2007 ABOUT THIS SAME GUY!!!


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Subject: Recommendations to Safeguard the Muslim Community


27 Jumada Al-Thani 1428

(July 13, 2007)


Assalaamu Alaikum:

An article in the latest edition of The Muslim Link newspaper of metropolitan Washington, DC (July 13, 2007) - a reprint of an article that first appeared, I believe, in the 6/30/07 edition of the Los Angeles Times ("Judge orders man to leave Irvine mosque alone") - immediately brought to mind a short list of recommendations that we crafted for the Muslim community following the alleged Ft. Dix (NJ) and Kennedy Airport (NY) terrorist conspiracies.

Of particular note is the recommendation that reads: "Committed Muslims should advise, and then, if necessary, expose any 'Muslim' whose behavior is like that of an agent-provocateur." (Please see below)

 The article talks about a man by the name of Craig Monteilh, 44, who first visited the Islamic Center of Irvine (CA) last September with the expressed desire to become a Muslim. According to the report, Monteilh began by criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and then earlier this year he gradually began talking about military jihad - specifically "operations" against U.S. military targets or a "9/11 type operation," and suggested that he had access to weapons.

Several worshippers reportedly felt threatened by Monteilh and his rhetoric, and some, according to the former president of the center, Asim Khan , stopped attending altogether because of him. Eventually he was reported to law enforcement authorities, resulting in an Orange County  judge issuing a restraining order which bars Monteilh from going near the masjid and its employees.

While the FBI denies that the Islamic Center of Irvine is under surveillance, any Muslim (official or otherwise) who believes this is being very naive. I've visited this center, and I know its under surveillance! Without question, Monteilh is either one of two things: (a) he is either a government-paid agent provocateur who was planted in the community to entrap some gullible young Muslims (in particular); or (b) he is a mentally and emotionally unbalanced individual who constitutes a danger to himself and others.

If I were a betting man, I would bet on the former. Either way, Mr. Monteilh (and whoever he may be working for) constituted an imminent threat to the Irvine community; and it's good that this threat has been effectively dealt with. Other communities should learn from this.

What follows is a short list of recommendations which, if implemented, will go a long way toward safeguarding America 's Muslim community.

El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan



    * There should be an immediate nationwide moratorium on individual Muslim communities meeting with the FBI, until such time that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies demonstrate a consistent pattern of interfacing with the Muslim community in an ethical and respectful manner.

    * Muslim organizations and Muslim leaders across America should advise their respective constituencies, and the Muslim community as a whole, that becoming paid informants and agent-provocateurs is fundamentally against the Qur’an and Sunnah. (This point should be made absolutely clear without any ambiguity.)

    * Committed Muslims should counsel any and all Muslims whose attitude and rhetoric makes them susceptible to agent-provocateurs. Knowledgeable Muslims should advise them on how they can effectively fight back without breaking the law and endangering themselves, their families and their community. 

    * Committed Muslims should advise, and then, if necessary, expose any Muslim whose behavior is like that of an agent-provocateur.

    * Community leaders should organize periodic forums, in the masajid, wherein the Muslim community – especially angry and impressionable young Muslims – can vent their feelings and receive productive, Islamically-based counsel on the major, hot button and political issues of the day.

    * MUSLIM MEN must take to heart the divinely given mandate that we have to be the “protectors” and “maintainers” of our families and communities.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 18, 2009 07:18 AM »

this is from CAIR


U.S. Muslim Coalition Considers Suspending Relations with FBI
Move comes following incidents of FBI targeting mosques, Muslim groups

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/17/2009) - A coalition* of major national Islamic organizations today announced that it is considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI, citing recent incidents in which American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted.

In a statement, the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), said:

    Muslim communities throughout the United States have made significant advances in promoting and contributing to a fair, free and pluralistic society.

    Through civil rights advocacy, civic and political engagement, and the promotion of dialogue with interfaith leaders and law enforcement agencies, Muslim Americans continue to be a positive and stabilizing force in keeping our nation safe and secure from acts of violence and foreign threats.

    Despite fear-mongering by a vocal minority, Muslim Americans are natural allies of law enforcement agencies in ensuring the wellbeing of our nation. Muslims are law-abiding and productive citizens who uphold the democratic principles of freedom, equality and justice.

    Yet recent incidents targeting American Muslims lead us to consider suspending ongoing outreach efforts with the FBI.

    In California, the FBI sent a convicted criminal to pose as an agent provocateur in several of that state’s mosques. An FBI agent allegedly told one of the mosque attendees that the agency would make his life a "living hell" if he did not become an informant.

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) wrote in a recent statement, headlined “FBI Losing Partnership with American Muslim Community” - “Trust is the cornerstone of any partnership between law enforcement and communities. It can only be established and maintained through clear and open communication. Without this, trust is eroded and suspicions arise on all sides. This clearly does not serve anyone's interests…It is now up to the FBI and law enforcement agencies to re-engage with the Muslim American community, and re-build trust and respect.”

    Early last fall, the FBI began a disengagement campaign in its relations with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest and most respected Muslim civil rights organization.The FBI suspended contacts with CAIR pending the resolution of unspecified “issues.”

    In response, the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella organization of many Muslim groups, suspended outreach to the FBI in February. The council’s letter to the FBI stated in part:

    “Our commitment to ensuring the rights, interests, and prosperity of American Muslims and all Americans is unconditional. We hope the FBI will have the foresight to restore its relationship with such a vital link to the American Muslim community.”

    We believe the FBI’s unjustified actions are based on the May 2007 designation of some 300 groups and individuals, including several major American Muslim groups such as CAIR, the Islamic society of North America (ISNA) and the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), as “unindicted co-conspirators” (UCC) in conjunction with the Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, Texas.

    Making this unjust designation public violates the Justice Department’s own guidelines and wrongly implies that those listed are somehow involved in criminal activity.

    Bias and faulty premises dominated post-9/11 law enforcement analysis of the Muslim community and the threat assessment to national security.The waning days of the previous administration witnessed a flourishing of anti-Muslim activity.

    There is even inter-agency information being disseminated that claims civil rights advocacy is part of a Muslim conspiracy to implement Shari’a law in order to destroy the United States.Recent government actions seemed to be based on this bizarre premise.

    These McCarthy-era tactics are detrimental to a free society.

    The credibility of all Muslim organizations who maintain ties to the FBI that do not react decisively is undermined in the eyes of the community.Our fear is that counter-intelligence programs are quelling lawful dissent.

    What is most frightening is that FBI abuses are no longer covert, and are slowly being integrated into the already expansive laws regulating law enforcement activity.

    Internationally, in light of President Obama’s initiative of dialogue with the Muslim world, such actions negatively impact U.S. interests.

    If the FBI does not accord fair and equitable treatment to every American Muslim organization, including CAIR, ISNA and NAIT, then Muslim organizations, mosques and individuals will have no choice but to consider suspending all outreach activities with FBI offices, agents and other personnel. This possible suspension, of course, would in no way affect our unshakable duty to report crimes or threats of violence to our nation.

    We call on the FBI to reassess its positions on profiling and the use of informants as agents provocateurs within the Muslim communities.We further request objective evaluation of the sources of information and analysis utilized to formulate decisions.

    Notwithstanding such requests, we call on Muslim organizations and individuals to petition their elected representatives to hold hearings to address these grave matters of concern to the Muslim community.

    We fully expect that the President’s calls for inclusion will not be derailed by irresponsible elements in and outside of government fomenting anti-Muslim bias in this great nation.

- END -

To add your organization, mosque or Islamic center as a signatory to this statement, e-mail:

* Signatories to this statement include:

    * American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
    * American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)
    * Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    * Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IEC)
    * Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
    * Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA)
    * Muslim American Society-Freedom Foundation (MAS-FF)
    * Muslim Student Association-National (MSA-N)
    * Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)
    * United Muslims of America (UMA)
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 20, 2009 04:57 PM »

FBI planting spies in U.S. mosques, Muslim groups say
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Ten Muslim groups say they may suspend ties with FBI

FBI: "Limiting honest dialogue ... is generally not an effective advocacy strategy"

Group wants probe into arrest of Afghan man whom FBI accuses of terrorist ties

Statement expresses fear that FBI "programs are quelling lawful dissent"

By Eliott C. McLaughlin
(CNN) -- Ten U.S. Muslim organizations threatened this week to cease working with the FBI, citing "McCarthy-era tactics" by the agency, including efforts to covertly infiltrate California mosques.

The groups claim the FBI has sent undercover agents posing as worshippers into mosques, pressured Muslims to become informants, labeled civil rights advocates as criminals and spread misinformation.

The FBI declined to comment on specific allegations but called the proposed move unproductive.

"Limiting honest dialogue, especially when complex issues are on the table, is generally not an effective advocacy strategy," spokesman John Miller said in a statement. "The FBI has continued our outreach efforts, across the board, with a number of concerned groups and where we agree -- or disagree -- most have concluded the best results are achieved through continued conversation. We believe that, too."

The group's statement, dated Tuesday, said several incidents of the FBI "targeting Muslim Americans lead us to consider suspending ongoing outreach efforts."

The statement was issued by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections, whose director, Agha Saeed, couldn't immediately comment because of a family emergency.

The FBI has sent "agents provocateur" into California mosques, according to the statement, which says an FBI agent threatened to make one mosque member's life a "living hell" if he did not become an informant.

Though the statement does not name the mosque member, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said last month it would seek an investigation into the February 21 arrest of Ahmadullah Niazi, an Afghanistan native.

"Mr. Niazi previously reported to [CAIR's Los Angeles office] and other community members that, during a raid of a friend's house, an FBI agent urged Mr. Niazi to work with the agency, saying that if he refused to cooperate his life would be made a 'living hell,' " a news release said.

Niazi, a member of the Islamic Center of Irvine, told CAIR his arrest was retaliation for his refusal, the release said.

The FBI directed questions about Niazi's arrest to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, California, which declined comment.

Niazi, 34, was indicted last month on charges of perjury, procuring naturalization unlawfully, using a passport procured by fraud and making false statements. A search warrant for Niazi's Tustin, California, home said Niazi became a naturalized citizen in 2004 and made false statements about his past aliases and international travel.

He also made false statements about contact with his brother-in-law Amin ul-Haq, the indictment said. Ul-Haq is said to be Osama bin Laden's security coordinator and has been labeled a "specially designated global terrorist" by the U.S. government, the indictment said.

An FBI agent said in open court that Niazi also had discussed terrorist plots with an undercover informant, according to media reports. Niazi has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

CAIR's problems with the FBI began before Niazi's arrest. Last year, the FBI discontinued its "formal contact" with CAIR.

The Tuesday statement said the FBI unjustly designated CAIR and other organizations as "unindicted co-conspirators" in the Holy Land Foundation case. A jury convicted Holy Land Foundation leaders last year of conspiring to support terrorism and launder money for a terrorist group.

"Making this unjust designation public violates the Justice Department's own guidelines and wrongly implies that those listed are somehow involved in criminal activity," the statement said.

The FBI's Miller declined to comment on specifics, but said the FBI wants to avoid "formally constructed partnerships" with CAIR.

"Our concerns relate to a number of distinct narrow issues specific to CAIR and its national leadership," Miller said.

Before the FBI severed formal ties, CAIR officials had met with the FBI to discuss hate crimes targeting Muslims. On occasion, CAIR offered assistance in investigations. The group also held training sessions for FBI agents on Islamic culture and ways to improve interactions with the Muslim community.

CAIR this week called the FBI allegations a "campaign of smears and misinformation," a remnant of the Bush administration.

"It is not surprising that we would be targeted in a purely political move by those in the previous administration who sought to prevent us from defending the civil rights of American Muslims," said a statement from the group's national communications director, Ibrahim Hooper.

Tuesday's group statement also mentioned "a flourishing of anti-Muslim activity" during the previous administration and expressed fear that "counterintelligence programs are quelling lawful dissent."

Unless the FBI affords fair treatment to all mosques, Muslims and Muslim groups, the statement said, Muslims should consider suspending ties to the agency.

"This possible suspension, of course, would in no way affect our unshakable duty to report crimes or threats of violence to our nation," it said.

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 21, 2009 10:04 PM »


Really, is that all the time it takes to become an expert in Islam an entire language and achieve proficiency in the arts of self defense.
During two weeks of training, Monteilh said in an interview with The Times, he was taught about Islam, Arabic, self-defense and weapons

Really must tell my self defense teacher he's clearly rubbish, as a year in and I'm no where near an expert, and yet here is this guy who became an expert in a language, a religion, and the art of self defense in a mere two weeks!!!!

I suppose the jury against Niazi will be selected on the basis of their especially gullible natures, utter stupidity and great Islamophobia. Yes yes, god bless the idiots.....


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