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NYPD reportedly labels mosques as terrorist organizations to facilitate surveillance

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 28, 2013 | 8:24 am

The Big Story this morning from the AP:

Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like.

Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise.

The documents show in detail how, in its hunt for terrorists, the NYPD investigated countless innocent New York Muslims and put information about them in secret police files. As a tactic, opening an enterprise investigation on a mosque is so potentially invasive that while the NYPD conducted at least a dozen, the FBI never did one, according to interviews with federal law enforcement officials.

These revelations are part of a new book by AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on NYPD spying.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly quickly responded on "Morning Joe" by attacking the reporters' credibility--"they're hyping a book" that "will be a fair amount of fiction"-- but not directly disputing that mosques were investigated as terrorist organizations. 

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