1st Amendment challenge to FBI-CIA infiltration of mosques dismissed

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Zeiny v. United States, (ND CA, Oct. 10, 2012), a California federal district court dismissed a claim by a Muslim man, originally born in Egypt, that the CIA and FBI has violated his 1st Amendment rights by infiltrating Islamic centers.  He alleged that members of the Muslim community are deprived of the right to attend religious services without fear of law enforcement agents spying on them, and that his free speech in Islamic Centers is obstructed for fear of CIA action against him.