WASHINGTON — Heavily blacked-out internal FBI documents released
Thursday indicate that the FBI, in some cases between 2007 and 2009, ran
background checks on people they encountered at Muslim-related events
and recorded personal information such as email addresses, phone
numbers, physical descriptions and opinions in reports marked "routine."
American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained the documents under the
U.S. Freedom of Information Act, accused the FBI of misusing its
community outreach programs to collect information on people at
Muslim-related events that the FBI organized or was invited to attend.
Those programs were intended to improve the relationship between Muslims
and the FBI.
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