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Are Feds Infiltrating Mosques?

Ten American Muslim groups are threatening to break ties with the FBI, saying that federal agents are infiltrating California mosques and pressuring worshipers to become informants. The groups say the "McCarthy-era tactics" also include spreading misinformation and labeling Muslim activists as criminals. An FBI spokesman released a statement encouraging a "continued conversation," but didn't respond to the specific allegations in the Muslim groups' letter. The relationship has been especially strained since Ahmadullah Niazi, an Afghanistan native living in California, was arrested last month in what he claims was retaliation for not becoming an FBI informant.