speaking in a part of California that I’ve never heard of before (I’m guessing NorCal), Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that FBI-sting operations at mosques, like the foiled Portland plot, are an “essential law enforcement tool in uncovering and preventing terror attacks.”
Muslim leaders appreciated the outreach but weren’t buying Holder’s claims of necessity. Via the AP:
“We have very serious concerns about FBI surveillance tactics that are used. We believe that law enforcement has an important job to protect us as a country but they should do so mindful of the rules of justice and fairness that are at the core of our criminal justice system,” said Muslim Advocates executive director Farhana Khera, who invited Holder to speak to the group.
Politico has a lot more of the contents of Holder’s speech. Personally, I think he has a point.