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Document: NYPD Recommended Surveillance Of Mosques Based Solely On Religion

In Wake Of 'Jihad' Video, Calls For Kelly's Ouster, Muslim Groups Furious

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A secret document has come to light that could raise the tensions between New York City’s Muslim community and the Police Department.

It shows that the NYPD recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Muslims and their mosques based solely on their religion, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

The recommendation for increased, secret surveillance on Muslims and Shiite mosques was contained in a 2006 NYPD Intelligence report on Iran, obtained by the Associated Press. At one mosque in Manhattan, there was the following reaction on Thursday:

“You know that’s unfair. We are a community. We are citizens, you know?” Mohammed Abucar said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly then clarified the document’s meaning.

“I’m told it’s our contingency plan for outbreak of hostilities involving Iran, which sounds like something we should be doing,” Kelly said.

NYPD surveillance document

A document like this one has upset the Muslim community. (Photo: CBS 2)

Activists in the Muslim community recently sought Kelly’s resignation over a video shown to 1,500 officers saying that Muslims wanted to “infiltrate and dominate” the U.S.

“What we’re seeing here is an institutionalized policy of religious discrimination. This is from the very high levels of the NYPD leadership being lied about and covered up by those in the NYPD leadership,” said Cyrus McGoldrick of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

There are calls for the NYPD to have independent oversight, including from John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O’Donnell.

“These are the most delicate issues in the country, whether profiling people based on religion or ethnicity,” O’Donnell said.

The document will likely renew debate over how the NYPD views Muslims in 2012.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for hearings in Albany over the alleged spying without warrants or evidence of wrongdoing.

Are you alarmed by this or do you think it’s the right thing to do? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …

  • Linda Elsey

    If any muslim doesn’t like it, deport them back to their own country and let them complain there. That’s all these people seem to do is complain about everything AMERICAN. They demand everything and anything constantly like a whinny bunch of babies, this would not fly in their country so why should they be allowed to do it in ours. AMERICANS SAFETY FIRST AND FOREMOST, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK LAW ENFORCEMENT, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE.

  • sk

    i dont understand whats so offensive? if you have nothing to hide then why don’t you want to be monitored? just remember the moslem terrorists caused the scrutiny on the moslem community. blame them!

  • Smelly Hippie

    Islamofacists should not not be monitored, they should be relocated to soccer stadiums in Egypt.

  • Kronos

    I think monitoring eyetalians in churches has been long overdue as the grease balls are in large part responsible for America’s drug epidemic,we should also be monitoring churches to find those who are connected with skinheads and nazis,after that lets go to the synagogues to monitor for child molesters and bernie madoff types

    • Jason

      Maybe you should go back on your medication Kronos?

  • jerseyjoey

    Total Support for NYPD and if this where in a muslim country they would do the same, if you stinking chig muslim septic sewer slime dont like my counrty get out, enough said next.

    • Don Juan

      It is a Muslim country, a Scientologist country, a Mormon country, an Episcopalean country, a Catholic country, an atheist country, a Jewish country, a Buddhist country, a Taoist country, an Evangelical country, Lutheran country, etc. . . . get used to it.

      • Molitor

        And if Jews, Catholics, or Buddhists were funding, supporting, and and pulling off acts of terrorism we should be at their synagogues, churches, and places of worship monitoring their every move to stop them from killing innocent American lives….This has nothing to do with the Muslim religion….

  • Molitor

    How is this offensive? Unfortunately their is section of the Muslim community, ( a minority, but it is there) that fund and support terrorism . We would be fools not to be constantly monitoring the mosques.

    If your Muslim and your offended, get together with the majority of your Muslim mosque goers and ferret these people out of your community, police yourselves..Until this happens every one of your gatherings should be monitored, every time you board a plane you should be checked and re checked..If you feel your civil liberties are being violated lodge a complaint.

    • Bullett

      Couldn’t have said it better…….with exception of closing all of our borders down after 9/11 with no Asylum or diplomatic immunity……Thanks.

  • Esmerelda

    What is so offensive ?
    Who finally is going to look out for the American people ?
    Anyone country who had a 9/11 experience would do the same.
    If this continues, this is how the US Politicians will let this
    country be overthrown.

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