A federal judge has thrown out most of a lawsuit filed by Muslim and civil liberty advocates against the FBI on grounds of state secrets privilege. The Council on American Islamic Relations, the ACLU and a private law firm had filed the class-action suit claiming first amendment violations of Southern California Muslims. The case was established after an alleged FBI informant admitted to surveillance of a number of Orange County mosques in 2009. The court case comes in the wake of a sudden wave in hate crimes targeting Muslims.
Pacifica KPFK’s Ernesto Arce has more from Southern California.