NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.The next time anyone looks down a moralistic nose at China or Russia with their human rights abuses, it may be a time to rethink the criticism. If this ain't terrorism, I don't know what is.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.
Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise. (Rest of article here)
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
terrorism in New York
The New York Police Department is alleged to have designated entire mosques as terrorism organizations. The umbrella covered anyone attending a given mosque and led to open-ended surveillance even when no hard evidence was uncovered.