Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

NY mosques labelled 'terrorist'

The Islamic Society of Bay Ridge mosque was monitored by the NYPD for years but has never been charged as part of a terrorism conspiracy (AP)

Entire mosques have been secretly labelled terrorism organisations by New York police.

The designation has allowed police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Since the 9/11 attacks, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" (TEIs) into mosques. The TEI is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells.

Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services is a potential subject of the investigation and fair game for surveillance.

Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organisation with operating as a terrorism enterprise.

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