NEW YORK, NY – The New York ‘boys in blue’ seem to be making people see red lately.
After the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001, the New York Police Department ramped up counter-terrorism activities, big time.
In 2007, they started spying on Muslim college students in New York, a New Jersey.
They also raised eyebrows with plans for a $40 million security fortress surrounding the new World Trade Center.
Then there was the possibility that police might use drones to watch over the Big Apple.
Now comes word that those walking the thin blue line may have crossed the line.
A new book (‘Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden`s Final Plot Against America.’) two Associated Press reporters contains interviews and documents that claim to show how the New York police secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, many times without specific evidence of a crime.
This allowed the police to investigate anyone who attended prayer services at a mosque designated as a terrorism enterprise.
NYPD also apparently infiltrated the mosques with undercover agents, and attempted to plant informants on the boards of mosques.
Police commissioner Ray Kelly responded by speculating that the book contains what he called ‘a fair amount of fiction.’
Fiction, that’s bound to cause friction.