- Category: Repression
- Created on Friday, 03 February 2012 10:04
- Written by Daily Mail
Asad Sadiq of the Bait-ul-Qaim mosque in New Jersey said:
"If you attack Cuba, are all the Catholics going to attack here? This is called guilt by association."
From Daily Mail
A secret police document shows that the New York City Police Department increased surveillance of thousands of mosques and Muslims.
The revelation contradicts the department's claim that it does not conduct religious profilingPolice analysts listed a dozen mosques from central Connecticut to the Philadelphia suburbs. None has been linked to terrorism, either in the document or publicly by federal agencies.obtained by the Associated Press
The New York Police Department recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on their religion, as a way to sweep the Northeast for signs of Iranian terrorists, the secret police document obtained by Associated Press.
The NYPD is prohibited under its own guidelines and city law from basing its investigations on religion.
Under FBI guidelines, which the NYPD says it follows, many of the recommendations in the police document would be prohibited.
The Associated Press has reported for months that the NYPD infiltrated mosques, eavesdropped in cafes and monitored Muslim neighborhoods with plainclothes officers.
Its spying operations were begun after the 2001 terror attacks with help from the CIA in a highly unusual partnership.
The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report, entitled "US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City," made a series of recommendations, including: "Expand and focus intelligence collections at Shi'a mosques.'
The report, drawn largely from information available in newspapers or sites like Wikipedia, was prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. It was written at a time of great tension between the U.S. and Iran. That tension over Iran's nuclear ambition has increased again recently.
Police estimated the New York area Shiite population to be about 35,000, with Iranians making up about 8,500. The document also calls for canvassing the Palestinian community because there might be terrorists there.
'The Palestinian community, although not Shi'a, should also be assessed due to presence of Hamas members and sympathizers and the group's relationship with the Iranian government,' analysts wrote.
The secret document stands in contrast to statements by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing. Kelly has said police go only where investigative leads take them, but the document described no leads to justify expanded surveillance at Shiite mosques.
The document also renews debate over how the NYPD privately views Muslims. Kelly has faced calls for his resignation recently from some Muslim activists for participating in a video that says Muslims want to "infiltrate and dominate" the United States. The NYPD showed the video to nearly 1,500 officers during training.
Documents previously obtained by the AP show widespread NYPD infiltration of mosques. It's not clear, however, whether the May 2006 report prompted police to infiltrate the mosques on the list. One former police official who has seen the report said that, generally, the recommendations were followed but he could not say for sure whether these mosques were infiltrated.
On Thursday, Kelly described the document as a 'contingency plan,' though that is not mentioned in the document and there is nothing indicating what would trigger such a contingency.
'This was a 2006 document that talked about what we would do if there were hostilities involving Iran,' he said. 'It seems to me that it would be prudent for us to have plans in that regard.'
The document is dated just weeks after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Congress: 'We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran.'
Asad Sadiq, president of the Bait-ul-Qaim mosque in the Philadelphia suburb of Delran, N.J., said the NYPD was being unfairly broad.
'If you attack Cuba, are all the Catholics going to attack here? This is called guilt by association,' Sadiq, a dentist, said after seeing his mosque in the NYPD document. 'Just because we are the same religion doesn't mean we're going to stand up and harm the United States. It's really absurd.'
At the Al-Mahdi Foundation mosque in Brooklyn, worshippers intoned their prayers Wednesday while touching their foreheads to disks of clay on the floor, a Shiite tradition.
'After 1,400 years, the Shias are being targeted in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, everywhere,' Imam Malik Sakhawat Hussain said after being told that his mosque was in the NYPD document. 'If U.S. authorities become suspicious of the Shias, I would say we are a very oppressed community of the world.'
At the Masjid Al-Rahman, a prayer hall in the basement of a Brooklyn apartment building, manager Abo Maher was surprised to see his mosque on the NYPD's list of Shiite locations.' 'This isn't even Shia,' he said. 'Their information is wrong.'