Paid Informants in Muslim Communities
This is a good article about the use of paid informants in Muslim communities, and how they are both creating potential terrorists where none existed before and sowing mistrust among people.
Defense lawyers in a number of other terrorism suspect cases accused informants of solely seeking financial boon by creating so-called terrorists that did not exist.
According to court records, Eldawoody was paid $100,000 over a period of 3 years.
Since Siraj's conviction, Eldawoody has his rent covered and receives a monthly stipend of $3,200.
According to The Washington Post, a police spokesman indicated the direct payments to Eldawoody would likely continue "indefinitely."
With such incentives, critics argue, informants are likely to be created out of thin air to join the "inform-and-cash" industry.
Meanwhile, the Muslim community across the country is feeling the heat of being closely watched.
"This is creating mistrust between our community and law enforcement officials," Ayloush said.
In light of their extensive criminal records, Ayloush added, these individuals would neither qualify as police officers nor as FBI agents, yet they are on the payroll of law enforcement agencies and are allowed to do law enforcement work.
"We all respect hardworking law enforcement agents," Ayloush said. "But mercenary informants? Hardly."
Posted on August 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM • 29 Comments