Muslims Leaders Upset With NYPD, To Boycott Mayor’s Breakfast

NEW YORK (AP) — Several Muslim leaders have declined invitations to the mayor’s annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying they’re upset at police department efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods.

The imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they’re disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Department intelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship.

Bloomberg has defended the NYPD
, saying last week it doesn’t take religion into account in its policing.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday that about a dozen people turned down the breakfast invitation. But he said “a couple dozen” more said they plan to attend.

The Muslim leaders said they appreciate the mayor’s staunch support a year ago during an uproar over a planned Islamic center near the World Trade Center site. But they said they were disappointed by what he said after the AP stories since August about the police department’s efforts to infiltrate Muslim neighborhoods and mosques with aggressive programs designed by a CIA officer who worked with the department after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The stories disclosed that a team of 16 police officers speaking at least five languages was assigned to use census information and government databases to map ethnic neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Documents reviewed by the AP revealed that undercover police officers known as rakers visited local businesses such as Islamic bookstores and cafes, chatting up store owners to determine their ethnicities and gauge their views. They played cricket and eavesdropped in ethnic cafes and clubs.

The AP stories also revealed that one of the CIA’s most experienced clandestine operatives began working inside the police department in July as the special assistant to the deputy commissioner of intelligence.

The CIA is prohibited from spying domestically. Its unusual partnership with the NYPD has troubled top lawmakers and prompted an internal investigation.

Bloomberg in October defended the arrangement, saying it was necessary in a dangerous world.

“There are people trying to kill us,” he said. “And if the CIA can help us I’m all for getting any information they have and then letting the police department use it as — if it’s appropriate to protect you and to protect me.”

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  1. Dr. Seuss says:

    Whatever their agenda is, please take a damn bath!!They all stink!!

  2. pugphan says:

    What prophecies did Muhamed make, what miracles did he perform? Why is he a prophet?

  3. Tommy C says:

    Lets see . BOYCOTT all mooslime owned businesses . If they can’t make a living here they’ll go back where they came from.

  4. DanTe says:

    Islime: It’s a Disease in need of a Cure.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of Hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (muslime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and then lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will write that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But then conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide muslime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

  5. Amtracmarine says:

    Do these people ever do anything good?? The only time we hear about them is when they blow something or someone up or when they are bit*hing about something.

  6. Vernon Hell says:

    The real problem is the evil Nazi Pope of Rome. NUKE THE VATICAN!!!

  7. Rodin says:

    WELL IF YOURE UPSET WITH MAYOR DOUCEBERG,WHY DONT YOU TAKE HIM OUT.IM SURE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL THANK YOU

  8. VC says:

    I’M SICK OF THE MUSLIMS. THEY ARE DESTROYING THE WORLD. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THEM. SO MANY COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN OVER RUN WITH THEM. THEY NEED TO GO BACK TO THEIR CAVES.

  9. oldwolf49 says:

    Not all Muslims are terrorists, the 9/11 attackers were christian if I recall correctly, and Saudi.

    1. james says:

      I think you recall wrong.Your just another anti Usa hater.You probably camped out at OWS you loser.

      1. SoTired says:

        The 9/11 attackers were DEVOUT MUSLIMS. I believe they even have voice recordings of them praying before the plane in PA went down.. However, you’re correct that they were Saudi.

  10. Jerry Frey says:

    What is an imam? A prayer leader. It takes one to know one. When you can longer face Islam, Islam faces you.

    http://napoleonlive.info/did-you-know/nyc-imam-true-face-of-islam/

  11. sammy says:

    I have an idea.
    Lets boycott MUSLIMS !!!!!

  12. Ellen Bernstein says:

    I think the CIA is doing what is necessary to protect innocent citizens from terrorist injury or death. It is a well known fact that many of the terrorist organizations recruit at the mosques, so we need to now who & what is happening there so we can be proactive. Unfortunately, we are at war at home also & our government needs to protect us in the best way they know how. Ellen

  13. Stan says:

    hmm. it seems to me that most of the terrorism in the world stems from the “religion of peace”. the imams should be happy that the police are doing their job or are they hiding a secret agenda?

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