The New York Police Department was disclosed last week to be maintaining an intensive surveillance on the city’s 175 mosques, auditing the sermons preached in some of them, tracking known Muslim radicals, and planting police informants on their various administrative bodies. This intruded upon the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said New York lacked the authority to do it. The NYPD replied that its authority lay in its responsibility to protect the city against its greatest danger.
The information came with the release of a book titled, Enemies Within: The NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit
by two Associated Press reporters, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman. Spying operations had been directed against at least 12 mosques since 9/11 in 2001. In that time, the FBI had focused on only one.
|Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly:|
We have a responsibility to protect our city.
Lawsuits have been launched against the NYPD by the American Civil Liberties Union and two other organizations claiming the spying is unconstitutional because it makes Muslims afraid to practice their faith. The police enter a mosque only when they are following a lead, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack.”
What if Boston had been so vigilant?
If he needed more evidence, he could of course have alluded to the 2,606 corpses buried in the rubble of New York’s World Trade Center, and the fact that there has not been one successful Islamist attack on New York in the 12 years since. In that time 63 other people have died through 43 acts of violence in the U.S., all in the declared service of Allah and the “religion of peace.” It was unarguable that if the Boston police had been as vigilant, three of those lives would be saved and 170 fewer people injured last April 15. Boston, however, left such things up to the Washington-directed FBI.