NYPD designated mosques as terrorist organizations, AP reports

Kelly at a pre-Ramadan event in 2012. (Craig Warga via nydailynews.com)
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This morning, the Associated Press published a story about the New York Police Department secretly designating entire mosque congregations as terrorist organizations in order to record sermons by imams and open investigations into anyone who attended services there.

According to the AP, there was no specific evidence of wrongdoing needed by the NYPD before they opened one of these investigations. According to one document, the NYPD considered one man "dangerous" because he was a popular imam. In one document from the NYPD's Technical Operations Unit about a man named Mohammad Elshinawy, they wrote "TIU believes that he is a threat due to the fact that he is so highly regarded by so many young and impressionable individuals."

It's the latest revelation from a pair of AP reporters, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, who have won awards for writing about the NYPD's secret surveillance program.

Whether the tactics have been effective has been a matter of hot debate. (Apuzzo and Goldman argue in a soon-to-be released book that they are not.) Also debatable is whether the tactics employed by the NYPD are permissible under the court ruling known as the Handschu case, which set parameters on the NYPD's surveillance capabilities.

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Critics say the NYPD is unfairly targeting a group based on nationality and religion, rather than behavior.

The latest AP story about the NYPD's surveillance operations coincides with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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