He manufactured a terrorism-related case against a mosque member. It collapsed. The Justice Department had egg on its face. Prosecutors called an innocent man a dire threat. They do it all the time. Usually they get away with it. Innocent victims do hard time in America's gulag.
Non-existent threats are hyped. Media hysteria creates fear. Innocent Muslims are wrongfully targeted. This time the FBI's scheme blew up. No terrorism related charges or convictions followed.
Monteilh went public. He revealed secret FBI tactics. He said his "handlers" trained him to entrap Muslims in mosques, their homes and businesses.
Officials declined comment except to confirm he was a paid informant. Court records and other documents showed he got $177,000 tax free in 15 months.
He secretly recorded conversations. He also collected names, telephone numbers, emails, political and religious views, travel plans, and other information on hundreds of Muslims. He was told to pay special attention to community leaders and those most devout.
The FBI called its scheme Operation Flex. It was a fishing expedition. It targeted Muslims for their faith and religious practices. Its mission was to manufacture enemies out of whole cloth.
Southern California Muslims were incensed. They cited a systemic pattern of pervasive surveillance and covert entrapment. Innocent Muslims were targeted.
In February 2011, the Southern California ACLU and CAIR filed a class action lawsuit . The FBI was accused of lawlessly infiltrating and surveilling area mosques. Charges also included targeting Muslims for their faith.