According to newly exposed documents, the NYPD designated all mosques in the city as terrorist organizations, allowing the department to spy on them without oversight and to plant operatives inside the Muslim houses of worship. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that, under the secret designation, not only do police need no specific allegations of wrongdoing to watch mosques, but anyone who attends a worship service can automatically come under surveillance themselves and become a subject of investigation.
The secret police files also revealed plans by the department to install informants on the boards of local Islamic charities, including the Brooklyn-based immigrant advocacy group the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY). Linda Sarsour of the AAANY spoke to Raw Story about the deep feeling of betrayal that comes from finding out one is subject to surveillance by officials you have treated as allies.
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