Cooperation between the FBI and Muslim organizations in the US has built trust, but good relations have diminished in recent months. Muslims believe authorities are increasingly treating their communities as groups of suspicion, rather than partners.
After several cases where under cover informers embedded themselves in mosques and helped promote plots, Muslims are beginning to believe spies for the FBI are everywhere, listening.
Some Muslims have cancelled trips abroad to avoid suspicion.
The FBI stated they must pursue all suspected criminals and terrorists, and try to provide explanations for their approaches whenever possible.
A former FBI agent believes the worry is overblown. “The FBI has 12,500 agents. Believe me, there are not enough of them to waste time looking at you unless they have a good reason.”