U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Robert Mueller said that his agency would continue to investigate in mosques to capture additional terror suspects. “We don’t investigate places, we investigate individuals,” Mueller told reporters Monday. He added that the FBI will continue to undergo investigations “to the extent that there may be evidence or other information of criminal wrongdoing.”
FBI agents say that spying on mosques is one of the most effective ways of countering terrorism. However, American Moslem organizations are outraged. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints that the FBI is singling out Moslems. Shakeel Syed, executive of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, told Associated Press, “The FBI needs to do what it needs to do, certainly... [but it is] trying to incite and entrap” law-abiding citizens.
In May, the FBI arrested four terrorists in New York City after they bought what they thought were explosives and a Stinger missile to be used to blow up two synagogues and shoot down a plane at a nearby National Guard base.
The cell had been under surveillance for a year and bought the phony explosives and fake missile from FBI agents. The men planned to place the would-be bombs in front of the Riverdale Temple in the Bronx and under parked cars, as well as blow up the Riverdale Jewish Center.