Supreme Court to take up case on mosque surveillance

June 7, 2021

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a long-running case stemming from surveillance of Southern California mosques by the FBI as part of a counterterrorism operation more than a decade ago.

The central legal question the justices will take up involves whether a law Congress passed in 1978 limiting and regulating electronic surveillance precludes the executive branch from invoking one of its broad and controversial powers to thwart civil litigation: the state secrets privilege.

On Monday, the justices announced they will consider a suit brought by Southern California Muslims in 2011, claiming that the targeting and tactics used in an FBI undercover probe violated the Constitution and federal law. During the investigation, an informant entered mosques and made surreptitious recordings while speaking to attendees and clerics.

Source: Supreme Court to take up case on mosque surveillance - Politico