Profile of a Muslim Informant

August 8, 2004

Source: Times Union

On August 8, 2004 Times Union reported that, "This week, following the arrest of the spiritual leader and a member of a Central Avenue mosque on charges related to aiding terrorism, [Shahed] Hussain's undercover work ended with a flourish of national attention. Court papers identify Hussain only as a confidential informant, and the FBI initially asked the Times Union not to publish his name, saying he would be endangered. He is now in protective custody, and his identity has become widely known in Albany. For the FBI, Hussain was a perfect undercover agent. A Middle Eastern Muslim, he had a kind of street savvy that would prove invaluable. The bureau saw him as someone who could do what FBI agents could not -- infiltrate the inner circle of Masjid As-Salam, a storefront mosque that had drawn their attention in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks."