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Muslim Groups Challenge NYPD's Intelligence Gathering

August 25, 2011  | 

Muslim groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what they call the New York Police Department's "massive covert program to monitor the Muslim communities."

Top investigative reporters with the Associated Press spend months investigating the NYPD's counter-terror unit and published a lengthy investigative report Wednesday. The report revealed that the NYPD following 9/11 developed an investigative unit that rivaled the CIA, which is prohibited from conducting surveillance operations on domestic soil.

Muslim leaders, civil libertarians and political leaders hosted a news conference to express "outrage at the potentially illegal program," according to a CAIR press release.

The report revealed that the NYPD hired a CIA officer to train police on espionage tactics to infiltrate Muslim communities. According to the report, the department uses "mosque crawlers" to gather intel.

"The responsibility of the NYPD is to protect all New Yorkers equally, and to investigate crimes not communities," says Cyrus McGoldrick, the CAIR-NY civil rights manager. "Programs like this are a violation not only of the civil rights of American Muslims, but are a violation of the trust we place in our law enforcement."

Tags: Counter-Terrorism Initiatives, NYPD


Comments (7)

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Harold Schmidt @ 8/25/2011 6:13 PM

It would be incredible negligence to NOT monitor the Muslim community!

CAIR and other Muslim lobby groups are closely tied to outright terrorist organizations. The best way to understand is to think of CAIR as the political/propaganda arm of Islamoterrorism.

There have been a number of planned major terrorist attacks in NYC alone, including one ... infiltrated in time ... to blow up bombs in the subway trains underneath the East River.

CAIR, an arm of terrorist groups, is in no position to talk about ethics to anyone. As for Associated Press' involvement, the AP receives money from Islamic sources and has become increasingly biased in favor of Muslims in its reporting.

Morning Eagle @ 8/26/2011 3:10 AM

Good for NYPD! Someone needs to be monitoring and infiltrating Muslim groups and the feds under the Muslim sympathizer in the White House are apparently afraid to. CAIR should have been banned from operation in the U.S. years ago. However, given the track record of holder and his boss it will not be a great surprise if he has the DOJ jump all this "opportunity" to curry favor with these subversive terrorist organizations.

Tom @ 8/26/2011 5:38 AM

Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists seem today to be Muslims.
Since this is true, law enforcement involved in anti terrorism activities need to target those most likely to be involved. NYPD is only using common sense in who they want to monitor and target. If Holder gets involved, the situation will turn into being FUBAR. Holder and justice should not be used in the same sentence.

t. britt @ 8/26/2011 6:21 AM

I think that they should be checked at all times, good job N.Y.P.D.

Charlie @ 8/26/2011 6:58 AM

How is this different than infiltrating a drug operation or the mafia? Look, all these people are doing is looking, listening, and talking. Isn't that what a good beat cop does anyway? It doesn't stop anyone from their associations or worship in the Muslim community. The only reason for concern would be to cover for a radical element or radical teachings they know exist.

Chief @ 8/26/2011 7:19 AM

When we are attacked by Methodists, then I recommend the same type of program for them. Until then focus on the obvious problem

Sheriff @ 10/13/2011 10:06 PM

This is obsurd. We have WAY more murders perpetrated by black and hispanic gangs than we ever have perpetrated by Muslims. Do we have spy networks within the black and Hispanic community. Come on people, you're wasting homeland security money. e have spend trillions of dollars in infrastructure protection, air security, training, equipment, etc yet we still have bombs getting onto our airplanes. When are we going to realize that we are not ANY safer now than we were pre-9/11.

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