Documents show DHS improperly spied on Nation of Islam in 2007
Spencer S. Hsu and Carrie Johnson
The federal government spied on the Nation of Islam for eight months in 2007 in violation of its own rules and then disseminated the ensuing report more broadly than it should have been. The Department of Homeland Security generated the report, titled "Nation of Islam: Uncertain Leadership Succession Poses Risks" at a time when the group's leader, Louis Farrakhan, was in declining health and appeared to be dispersing power.
The disclosures arose from documents obtained from the Department of Justice by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as part of long-running FOIA litigation regarding the federal government's surveillance, treatment, and detention of terrorism suspects. The story noted that other newly-released documents included a December 2001 memorandum by then-deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo speculating about prospects for a treason charge against John Walker Lindh, an American arrested in Afghanistan.
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