Thursday, November 8, 2007

Falafel, Zeytoons, Baba Ghannoush, oh my!

From today's Democracy Now!, the FBI was monitoring sales at Arab grocery stores as part of its assault on terrorism:

Congressional Quarterly is reporting that the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian secret agents. The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian agents in the region. The program was the brainchild of top FBI counterterrorism officials Phil Mudd and Willie Hulon. The datamining operation was eventually stopped after FBI officials determined it was possibly illegal to place someone on a terrorist list because of what they ate.

3 comments:

Reem Tara said...

seriously indeed. the fbi is such a stupid bitch.

Sara Ashes said...

very true, and also hilarious, but my question is for you- are you drunk? I would expect more of a "the FBI is has a stupid monkey face" or something more along those lines. :)

Red-Handed Jill said...

Dear god... do you think they are profiling everyone who came to the Halloween Party. Cause that was some frakkin' good baba ghanoush!