Five Muslim soldiers detained since December were released when the investigation showed there had been no plot to poison food at the Army base in Columbia, SC. The five soldiers were serving within the transactor training program. Four of them have been now discharged from Army due to petty crimes. The investigation started following allegation of verbal threats regarding the base’s supply of food. According to the investigation results, no credible information was found to support that there has been any plot.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is demanding via federal court that the FBI release docusments on its surveillance of Muslim groups and mosques in the area.
Earlier this year, 46-year old father of three Craig Monteih said that he worked as an FBI informant and given the task to uncover suspected terrorist plots. Monteih came fortward saying that he feared for his life beause people may think he is a terrorist.
The ACLU of Southern California alleges that Monteih “baited religious leaders, created suspicion with his extremist rhetoric, and sent a chilling effect into an already wary community.” “Documents show that the FBI conducted extensive surveillance on lawful First Amendment activities of Muslim Americans where there appears to be no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity,” the ACLU/SC said in a statement.