Members of San Diego’s Muslim community have called for congressional hearings into whether local mosques are being unfairly monitored by federal surveillance, it was reported Thursday.
The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently filed the request for hearings with the U.S. House and Senate judiciary committees and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Joining the San Diego group in the request are the Anaheim chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, the Times reported.
Information about the alleged spying on Southern Californian mosques surfaced in an article published last week by The San Diego Union-Tribune. The article discusses a case about classified files and their content concerning terrorism being stolen from an office at Camp Pendleton.
Ed Buice, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, confirmed to the Times that an investigation is under way into “whether individuals connected to the military may have been involved in illegal activities.”
“I appreciate that the groups asking for congressional hearings want to know more about what all the dots are and how they all connect,” Buice told the Times. “But there is still much work to be done in this case, and we cannot discuss the details of the ongoing investigation.”