Wednesday, August 28, 2013

NYPD Slyly Called Mosques "Terror Enterprises;" Saw Them as "Shields for the Work of Terrorists"

The New York Police Department (NYPD) secretly opened "terrorism enterprise investigations" into at least 10 of the city's mosques, effectively designating every single congregant as a valid surveillance target, the Newser website reports today (August 28, 2013).

Documents uncovered by the Associated Press show that the NYPD spied on countless Muslims, and even tried to get informants onto the boards of mosques and other Islamic institutions.

The department succeeded in convincing a federal judge to rewrite the rules to allow such tactics in 2003, arguing that mosques could "shield the work of terrorists."

The NYPD also sent informants into the mosques carrying hidden recording devices.

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