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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Congressman John Conyers asks DOJ to investigate FBI's use of informants in mosques and the possible violation of the Constitution

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), a Detroit Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter on Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the Justice Department's civil rights division to investigate whether the FBI violated First Amendment freedoms by using undercover agents in mosques and other houses of worship.

Conyers also asked the U.S. Attorney General for a thorough investigation into the shooting death of the group's leader, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah.

In his letter, Conyers said:

"For this reason, I call on the Department’s Civil Rights Division to conduct a complete review of the use of informants at American places of worship by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in particular to determine whether the Department’s conduct in this regard may constitute an unlawful pattern or practice in violation of constitutionally protected rights."

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