Four American Muslim men claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed them on a no-fly watchlist to try to coerce them into serving as government informants even though none of them were a threat to aviation security, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The suit claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has wielded the threat of placement on the no-fly list as tool to try to coerce the four Muslim Americans, who have no criminal records, into serving as confidential informants. The government was either attempting to intimidate them into becoming informants or to retaliating against them for declining its requests, the suit said.
The complaint accuses US Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director James Comey, and various other high-ranking government officials of creating an atmosphere in which innocent Muslims are targeted and forbidden from flying unless they are willing to serve as government spies against members of their own communities.
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