Craig Monteilh, a convicted criminal recruited by the FBI to investigate the march of radical Islam into Southern California, … spent 15 months pretending to be Farouk al-Aziz, a French Syrian in search of his religious roots. He prayed five times a day at the Islamic Centre in Irvine, Orange County, wearing white robes with a camera hidden in one of its buttons, and carried a set of car keys that contained a secret listening device.
In May 2007, Monteilh recorded a conversation in which he suggested to (Ahmadullah) Niazi and another young man that they blow up buildings. Niazi appeared to agree with the idea, and the tape was subsequently used as evidence in the terror case against him.
However, it now seems that Niazi had simply been attempting to humour someone he regarded as a dangerous extremist. Indeed, he was so concerned by “al-Aziz’s” attempts to plot an attack that he reported it to community leaders, who passed details to police and took out a restraining order to prevent him from entering the Islamic centre.
Not only stupid, but repugnant.
Hat tip: Crooks and Liars
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