Holder defends FBI tactics

Dec. 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says people alleging government entrapment in a series of undercover stings don't have their facts straight.

Holder said the FBI stings don't target Muslims, and those who think so "simply do not have their facts straight," The Washington Post reported.

Holder told a Muslim group in San Francisco Friday that without the efforts of the FBI, "government simply could not meet its most critical responsibility of protecting American lives."

In the most recent FBI investigation, an Oregon man was charged with trying to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Some Muslims and civil libertarians questioned whether agents went too far by training the man for terrorism.

"I make no apologies for how the FBI agents handled their work," Holder told an estimated 300 people invited by Muslim Advocates, a group that is suing the Justice Department to learn more about investigative guidelines for FBI agents.

Holder's speech is the latest in a series of comments on Muslim relations and highlights a national debate over government tactics concerned with the growing threat of homegrown terrorism.

"Those who characterize the FBI's activities in this case as 'entrapment' simply do not have their facts straight -- or do not have a full understanding of the law," Holder said.

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