From Conservative Tribune: In what can only be described as the worst timing ever, a federal appeals court in California is revisiting a lawsuit filed against the FBI that claimed they violated the civil rights of Muslims when they conducted surveillance on a Los Angeles-area mosque a few years ago.
The suit, filed in 2011 by the terror front group Council on American-Islamic Relations, sought to punish the FBI for its surveillance of the Islamic Center of Irvine, located just 55 miles from the scene of the recent massacre by radical jihadists in San Bernardino.
According to Judicial Watch, the suit alleged that the “FBI collected extensive records about the religious practices of hundreds of Muslims who attended various southern California mosques. The records include video and audio recordings of prayers, discussion groups and religious lectures as well as social and cultural events.”
A federal court had dismissed the suit in 2012, rightfully citing the need to protect vital national security secrets that could have been revealed had the case proceeded.
However, a statement from the ACLU lawyers representing the aggrieved Muslims claimed that the FBI was hiding its “unlawful infiltration of mainstream mosques” behind the privilege of state secrets and claimed that Muslims had been targeted solely because of their religion.
Now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles has agreed to revisit the lawsuit, hearing oral arguments from both sides earlier this month.
One of the empaneled judges, Marsha Berzon, told the Justice Department lawyers that she had doubts about their state secrets defense: “I just am having real trouble seeing where the line is drawn in this very difficult situation we are in now.”
It is likely that the court won’t issue a ruling for months, but even the staunchly liberal Democrat who represents the district in Congress has spoken out recently about the potential dangers of radical Islamic jihadists in the United States.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who sits on both the House Homeland Security Committee and Armed Services Committee, recently admitted that “there is a small group — and we don’t know how big that is, it can be anywhere between 5 and 20 percent, from the people that I speak to — that Islam is their religion and who have a desire for a caliphate and to institute that in any way possible, and in particular go after what they consider Western norms, our way of life.”
Note that, if her numbers are accurate, her description would apply to roughly 150,000 and 600,000 people already residing in the United States.