The disclosure of the NYPD’s expanded surveillance of Muslims prompted criticism for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Some politicians and law enforcement officials critiqued the program.
The attorney general made the remarks at a Senate hearing when asked by Sen. Frank Lautenberg how a law enforcement agency could spy on another state’s residents without notifying authorities.
The head of the Newark FBI said Wednesday the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslims in New Jersey has had a chilling effect on the feds’ ability to gather counter terrorism intelligence.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t mincing words when it comes to what he thinks of NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in the Garden State.
The mayor stopped short of acknowledging that police had spied on Muslims who weren’t suspected of any crime, reiterating that investigators only followed leads.
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.
Saying the radicalization in Muslim communities has increased in America and Britain, King said “we can’t afford to be politically correct.”
Speaking with worshipers at the Islamic Center Of Long Island, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera came across a variety of sentiments, ranging from uncertainty to optimism.
Sharif El-Gamal told The New York Times that further decisions would be made only after consultation with lower Manhattan residents and Muslims in New York City.
The message on the door of the Masjid el Ber of Astoria is not a violent one. It prays that peace be upon the messenger of Allah. It’s through that lens that people here viewed the life and death of bin Laden.
Rep. Peter King’s hearings took an emotional turn when Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, tried to speak of the heroism and patriotism of Mohamad Salman Hamdani, a New York City EMT who died on 9/11.
“The reasons the hearings are focusing on the Muslim community, the president’s own national security advisor said al Qaeda is attempting to radicalize the Muslim-American community,” King said.
A coalition of over 100 interfaith, nonprofit and governmental organizations plans to rally in New York City against a planned congressional hearing on Muslims’ role in homegrown terrorism.
Pastor Terry Jones — who backed down from a threat to burn the Koran on Sept. 11 — has led a few dozen protesters to the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero.