Monday, November 26, 2007

Foney Falafel Fable

The FBI responded to an article in the Congressional Quarterly alleging that the FBI had a program to monitor the sales of Middle Eastern food products in the San Francisco Bay area in support of counterterrorism intelligence gathering.

They don't. As John MillerAssistant Director, Office of Public Affairs, wrote,
Having never heard of this, I spoke to the counterterrorism managers, who in the story were identified as having hatched the plan, as well as everyone else who would have had any knowledge of it. Nobody did. At one point in the story, writer Jeff Stein opines “as ridiculous as it sounds,” in reference to the alleged food monitoring plan, which reportedly was described to Mr. Stein by “well-informed sources.”

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