Part of case against FBI mosque spying dismissed

10:07 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge in California has dismissed part of a lawsuit alleging the FBI violated the civil rights of Orange County Muslims when it hired an undercover civilian to infiltrate mosques.

In a decision Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Corman J. Carney dismissed the case against the FBI. But he's allowing the case to go forward against seven FBI agents named in the suit.

The key informant in the case turned against the FBI and described how the agency taught him to ingratiate himself into the religious community to secretly gather cellphone numbers, email addresses and record conversations.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Council on American-Islamic Relations jointly filed the suit last year.

The civil liberties group says it plans to appeal.

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