“You Might Get Hit by a Car”: On Secret Tape, FBI Threatens American Muslim Refusing to be Informant


This is just one of the thousands of Muslim Americans that the FBI tries to recruit to be informants. If any of my brothers and sisters are ever greeted by government agents and they ask you to become an informant, the best advice I can give is to tell them you’re not interested. Keep telling them no matter how much they ask, no matter what they do, and no matter what try say that you WILL NOT BECOME AN INFORMANT.

They could try and make your life a living hellfire too. But if that kind of situation comes up, keep making dua and asking Allah for help. Remember: Allah always answers the duas of those who are oppressed and those who are traveling. In shaa Allah, you won’t end up in this kind of situation. But if you are, then whatever you do, wallahi, DO NOT fall for their tricks. Just stop talking and ask for a lawyer. What you say can only hurt you in a court of law. Even if you explain yourself truthfully, they are generally recording it and they can take it out of context in a court of law and use it to incriminate you.

But no matter what they do, please DO NOT fall for their tactics. If they try to make your life a living hell, just keep your faith in Allah. Remember: this life is a paradise for the nonbelievers and a prison for the believers. (Also, please SHARE this link, in shaa Allah, to raise awareness about what the FBI and other government agencies do to recruit Muslim informants.)


First published on May 2, 2014

New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to turn Muslim Americans living abroad into government informants. An exposé in Mother Jones magazine chronicles the story of an American named named Naji Mansour who was living in Kenya. After he refused to become an informant, he saw his life, and his family’s life, turned upside down. He was detained, repeatedly interrogated and ultimately forced into exile in Sudan, unable to see his children for years. Mansour began recording his conversations with the FBI. During one call, an agent informs Mansour that he might get “hit by a car.” Mansour’s story is the focus of a new piece in Mother Jones titled “This American Refused to Become an FBI Informant. Then the Government Made His Family’s Life Hell.” We speak with Naji Mansour in Sudan and Nick Baumann, who investigated the story for Mother Jones.




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