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.
During times of hardship many people look to places of worship for comfort and support, but in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy those places have taken action and played a role in the relief effort.
After a New Jersey mosque used its NYPD surveillance controversy to recruit new members through a newspaper ad, Imam Mustafa El-Amin of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark says that all are welcome for Friday’s prayer service.
The Associated Press reports the NYPD used some federal drug fighting funds to help pay for surveillance of mosques and Muslim businesses.
Muslim groups are planning a march to NYPD headquarters Friday afternoon to protest what they say is police spying on their community.
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.