Charles Frahm, who heads the FBI’s counterterrorism division in New York City, listened to Muslims complain last week about federal surveillance, the New York Times reports. Complaints included being held for hours at airports when their names resembled those of suspected terrorists, arrests on immigration charges, and having their mosques and businesses watched.
Some recent criminal cases that have raised questions about the methods used by authorities in their fight against terrorism. The government’s focus on undercover sting operations and the recruitment of a network of Muslim informers has provoked the sharpest criticism. Frahm’s general response to the audience: “I hear you, and I will continue to hear you. I can also say we make no apologies for actions we must take to protect Americans.”