An American of Bengali descent says that the New York City Police Department paid him to spy on mosques and “bait” Muslims into talking about jihad and terrorism.
Shamiur Rahman told The Associated Press that he agreed to take on the role of informant in January because he believed that several misdemeanor arrests for marijuana would result in serious legal consequences.
“We need you to pretend to be one of them,” Rahman said police told him after a plainclothes officer approached him in jail. “It’s street theater.”
The officers recommended that he use a strategy of “create and capture” to lure Muslims into talking about terrorism and then report the details to police.