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NYPD Secretly Labeled Mosques 'Terror Enterprises'
Designation allowed them to spy on anyone attending
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 28, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
Congregants at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque, pray during a service, Aug. 16, 2013. The NYPD spied on this Brooklyn mosque for years as part of a terrorism investigation begun in 2003.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – The New York Police Department secretly opened "terrorism enterprise investigations" into at least 10 of the city's mosques, effectively designating every single congregant as a valid surveillance target. Documents uncovered by the AP 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 convinced a federal judge to rewrite the rules to allow such tactics in 2003, arguing that mosques could "shield the work of terrorists."

The FBI never used the TEI tool, and it denied NYPD requests to bug mosques, saying it would violate federal law. So the department sent informants into the mosques carrying hidden recording devices instead. In one case, both federal investigators and the NYPD looked into a 26-year-old Salafist whose father was tied to the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. After a number of months, the FBI concluded there was no evidence he was recruiting jihadists. But the NYPD spied on him and his mosque for at least four years—including at his wedding. Such years-long spying efforts were common. For many, many more details, click here.

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Crotalus
Aug 29, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
And the NYPD has these organizations pegged absolutely correctly. They are breeding and recruiting grounds for scum bag pig eating Islamic terrorists, and the frackin imen that teach them are the biggest swine eaters of all, especially the genital regions of the pig. Why does the very stupid US government let these organizations exist and why are the Islamic barf bags still in our country. They do not belong here, they will never belong here and they will never ever be accepted by Americans. Instead of a progressive government, we have a regressive government that allows any and all criminals access to our country.
Econ_101
Aug 29, 2013 8:57 AM CDT
Sorry NYPD you are damned if you do and damned if you don't!
backpath2
Aug 28, 2013 9:13 PM CDT
In the aftermath of 9/11, the City of New York and the NYPD wisely decided not to rely on the Federal Government to protect the city from terrorist attack. It was a series of glaring intelligence failures in the Federal system which contributed to the 9/11 attacks. The NYPD set up its own intelligence and counterterrorism division, with extensive contacts all over the world, and NYPD detectives stationed in many world capitals. The FBI was deeply unhappy with the NYPD's operations, but the feeling in New York was: Never again will we accept the sort of damage we took on that awful day. It is true that the NYPD has stepped on a lot of toes to protect the city, but it may very well be that the NYPD's intelligence operations have kept the city a hell of a lot safer than it was under Federal protection.