FBI informant promoted terrorism at mosque
Just a week ago I noted that the suspect arrested by the FBI after having been encouraged over the course of months to plant a fake bomb which they themselves provided him; meanwhile an alleged “technical error” resulted in the most evidentially crucial conversation of the whole ridiculous ordeal not being available but nonetheless entered into evidence in its allegedly unaltered entirety. Today, we learn that a convicted forger whom the FBI seems to have paid over $100,000 to spy on Muslims was posing as a militant while attending a mosque from which he was eventually expelled and hit with legal action by that mosque’s leadership:
In the Irvine case, Monteilh’s mission as an informant backfired. Muslims were so alarmed by his talk of violent jihad that they obtained a restraining order against him.
He had helped build a terrorism-related case against a mosque member, but that also collapsed. The Justice Department recently took the extraordinary step of dropping charges against the worshiper, who Monteilh had caught on tape agreeing to blow up buildings, law enforcement officials said. Prosecutors had portrayed the man as a dire threat.
Compounding the damage, Monteilh has gone public, revealing secret FBI methods and charging that his “handlers” trained him to entrap Muslims as he infiltrated their mosques, homes and businesses. He is now suing the FBI.
Officials declined to comment on specific details of Monteilh’s tale but confirm that he was a paid FBI informant. Court records and interviews corroborate not only that Monteilh worked for the FBI – he says he made $177,000, tax-free, in 15 months – but that he provided vital information on a number of cases.
I will be honestly surprised if there is any public clamor whatsoever for those other cases to be reinvestigated in light of this frankly unconscionable conduct on the part of the FBI and their criminal employees.