NYPD sued for its unconstitutional surveillance program
BY KURT NIMMO
Leading Republican candidate Donald Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the government needs to conduct surveillance on mosques following the deadly attacks in Paris.
“We’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques,” Trump said. “And from what I heard, in the old days, meaning a while ago, we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City. I understand our mayor totally cut that out. He totally cut that out. And I don’t know if you’ve brought that up, and I’m not sure it’s a fact, but I heard that under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City. And right now that’s been totally cut out.”
After September 11, 2001, the NYPD’s Intelligence Division surveilled mosques and Muslim religious and community leaders, student associations, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
In 2007 the division released a report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” that pinpointed a number of “radicalization” indicators, including “wearing traditional Islamic clothing [and] growing a beard,” abstaining from alcohol, and “becoming involved in social activism.”
The NYPD was responsible for creating the perception of Muslim radicalization through its “create and capture” surveillance method.
Many of the techniques used by the NYPD were perfected by the CIA. In 2011, the CIA sent a senior officer to work as a clandestine operative inside police headquarters, according to the Associated Press.
In 2012 Shamiur Rahman, an NYPD informant, said he was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying inflammatory things. Rahman also said he intentionally misinterpreted what people said at mosques and Muslim student groups to please his NYPD handler and make more money.
“The FBI and other law enforcement agencies like the New York Police Department [NYPD) have used threats and coercion to beef up their army of informants,” writes Alex Kane. “In the post-9/11 world, informants have been a major tool law enforcement has used to infiltrate Muslim communities in the hopes of picking up tips on terrorism. Since the September 11 attacks, the FBI has put more than 15,000 informants on its payroll.”
The FBI has played a major role in baiting Muslims and has also arranged a number of fake terror plots.
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” a report released by Human Rights Watch noted last year.
Trump’s claim New York Mayor de Blasio “totally cut” the controversial NYDD surveillance program is not entirely true.
In 2014, after lawsuits were filed in response to the program, the NYPD reportedly shut down its Demographics Unit responsible for spying on mosques and Muslims. In May of that year, however, the NYPD began to use its Citywide Debriefing Team to recruit Muslims as informants.
Although de Blasio said during his campaign he was “deeply troubled” by the program, he supported it after taking office. “Based on what I’ve learned, I believe that the NYPD is currently limiting its work to the pursuit of specific leads and that there is a substantial legal review process connected to those decisions,” he said.
In January, following the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called on de Blasio to resume the practice of placing NYPD informants in mosques.
“The mayor of New York, one of the first things he did was he pulled all of the police out of the mosques. Well, you know who put the police in the mosques? I did. You know who increased the number of police in the mosques? Kelly and Bloomberg,” Giuliani told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren. “And why did I do it? Because the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 was organized in a mosque. The blind sheikh, who went to jail for a hundred years, was planning to blow up our subways in a mosque.”
Giuliani did not mention the FBI’s role in the 1993 World Trade Center plot. A Muslim informant organized the bomb plot with the “supervision” of the FBI and the District Attorney as part of a classic entrapment setup. Several of the bombers were trained by the CIA to fight in the Afghan war. Internal CIA documents later concluded the agency was “partly culpable” for the bombing.
This is pathological. The enemy is killing us in our own homeland — everywhere — and the left’s chief concern is destroying anyone who speaks against it or tries to stop them.
MSNBC frets “tsunami of hatred” will meet Muslims in France,” By Robert Spencer, November 15, 2013
“Christopher Dickey of the Daily Beast worried that ‘the right wing politicians’ in France ‘are going to do their best to take advantage of it and probably successfully to further divide this country.’” How the Islamic jihadists have tried to divide the country is less a concern to Dickey and MSNBC than the depredations of the “right-wing.”This led host Tamron Hall to “recall concerns that a ‘tsunami of hatred may await Muslims.’” The extent of support that the Islamic State may have among Muslims in France was of no concern to Tamron Hall. MSNBC, without thinking twice about the jihad threat, simply falls into default mode: Muslims are victims, no matter how many Infidels are dead.
“MSNBC Frets ‘Tsunami of Hatred’ Will Meet French Muslims, Right Wing Will ‘Take Advantage,’” by Brad Wilmouth, NewsBusters, November 14, 2015:
During Saturday morning’s live MSNBC coverage of the Paris terror attacks, Christopher Dickey of the Daily Beast worried that “the right wing politicians” in France “are going to do their best to take advantage of it and probably successfully to further divide this country,” leading host Tamron Hall to recall concerns that a “tsunami of hatred may await Muslims.”
Dickey then dismissed national security concerns about allowing Muslim refugees from Syria and North Africa to enter Europe as he downplayed the possibility such factors contributed to the attacks, as he declared, “I don’t think it is I’ll be surprised if turns out to be the case. But it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, people will act on that assumption.”
At about 9:10 a.m., after recounting that the terrorists had chosen targets that would not be heavily protected by police or military personnel, he brought up the possibility of the “right wing” dividing the country:
They were hitting the softest possible targets. They were hitting targets where there were going to be a lot of young people. In fact, a lot of young working class people, a lot of the Muslims. We don’t know how many have been killed, but I would bet you that a lot of the victims were in fact people from North African and African backgrounds.
So I think it’s going to be a hugely difficult situation and, but the right wing, Marine Le Pen, the right wing politicians in this country are going to do their best to take advantage of it and probably successfully to further divide this country, basically to simplify it between black and white.
Hall then brought up possible backlash against Muslims as she injected:
And, Christopher, to that point of some of the victims and us not knowing the background, some of them perhaps could very well be Muslim, I’ve been in that area. It is in many ways, while it’s the hip area, if you want to blanketly describe something that way, it is also one of diversity.
And now you also have some community leaders in the working class neighborhoods of Paris who are saying now that they fear a “tsunami of hatred may await Muslims and residents of poor neighborhoods following these deadly attacks.” That’s one quote from the Associated Press speaking to this divide and quite naturally the fears and the blame that follow something this unimaginable….
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