WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case about the government’s ability to get lawsuits thrown out of court by claiming they would reveal secrets that threaten national security.

One group of Southern California Muslim Men are involved in the case that is before Monday’s high court. A class action suit was filed by them alleging that they were being discriminated against. FBIThey and other people were spied upon in an operation to monitor the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. They were represented by American Civil Liberties Union lawyers and other legal representatives.

A lower court dismissed almost all their claims after the government said allowing the case to go forward could reveal “state secrets” — whom the government was investigating and why. A court of appeals reversed this decision. It ruled that the lower court had to first examine the evidence claimed by the government as state secrets, in order for the court to decide if surveillance was lawful.

Like the Trump administration before, the Biden administration is telling the justices it is not right.

Craig Monteilh is the confidential informant that FBI used between 2006 and 2007. Monteilh pretended to be a new convert to Islam as a way to become part of Southern California’s Muslim community.

Monteilh stated that he was a trainer and he worked as part the Operation Flex surveillance program. Monteilh attended regular meetings at the Islamic Center of Irvine. According to him, he was given instructions to get as much information about as possible. Monteilh secretly recorded hundreds of hours worth of audio and video, as well as thousands of phone numbers. He also kept his shirt button hidden.

Ultimately Monteilh’s handlers told him to ask about jihad and express a willingness to engage in violence. These questions prompted members of the community and FBI to file a report against Monteilh and request a restraining orders.

Monteilh has been confirmed by the FBI as an informant. The story was reported in media, including National Public Radio. “This American Life.”

Monteilh claimed that three of his men sued for damages, asking the government for the destruction or return of any information they had.

Since October, the court heard the second instance involving state secrets privilege. The court heard the case last month. a case involving a Guantanamo Bay detaineeThat also covered the privilege of state secrets.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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