Monday, December 26, 2005

"Little Red" Hoax; Muslims Monitored

About a week ago, I posted the story of a UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents after making a library request for Mao Zedong's "The Little Red Book". It turns out the story was a hoax.

However, this story remains true:
Mosques monitored for radiation

(Reuters) - U.S. officials have secretly monitored radiation levels at Muslim sites, including mosques and private homes, since September 11, 2001 as part of a top secret program searching for nuclear bombs, U.S. News and World Report said on Friday. ...

"In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program," the magazine said. ...

At its peak, the effort involved three vehicles in the Washington area monitoring 120 sites a day, nearly all of them Muslim targets such as prominent mosques and office buildings selected by the FBI, it said.

The program has also operated in at least five other cities -- namely Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, and Seattle -- when threat levels there have risen, it said.

One source quoted by the magazine said the targets were almost all U.S. citizens.
Glenn Greenwald sees through the bullshit. As does digby.


G said...

... and just how crazy would the admin say someone was if that person was, say, monitering the Catholic church for underground nuke labs?

Just saying.

L-girl said...

I was just going to post to tell you about the hoax, but of course you already knew.

G: Somebody could monitor the Catholic Church for aiding and abetting anti-abortion terrorism. That would be nice.