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At our Linkup (formerly called meetups) on September 4th, 2013, we discussed latest N.Y.P.D. controversy - labeling entire mosques as "terrorist enterprises" - in order to do surveillance of imams and members, even with no evidence of wrong doing.
In late August, the AP obtained documents showing that the NYPD has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism enterprises, which allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on leaders: "Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance." Read the whole AP article here.
Jerome called the NYPD's tactic of labeling entire mosques as terrorist enterprises a "slap in the face" and said it is not just a question of religion being targeted, its a question of privacy. Many people, when they are trying to get their life together, go to talk to a clergy member and confide in them; surveillance at place of worship is a violation of this privacy.