By Kerry Burke and Tina Moore
The NYPD slapped a terrorist organization label on mosques in order to put its members under surveillance, it was revealed Wednesday.
Cops opened at least a dozen “terrorism enterprise investigations” after the 9/11 attacks, The Associated Press reported.
A confidential NYPD document shows police wanted to place informants on the boards at mosques and other organizations.
Asked about the report, Mayor Bloomberg defended the tactics.
“What we do is we try to keep this city safe, totally consistent with what the laws require,” he said.
“We believe that we are compliant with those laws.”
But irate Muslim-Americans were calling for a federal probe into the spying that included using informants to record sermons and spy on imams. [Read more...]