The New York Police Department was disclosed last week to be maintaining an intensive surveillance on the city’s 175 mosques, auditing the sermons preached in some of them, tracking known Muslim radicals, and planting police informants on their various administrative bodies. This intruded upon the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which said New York lacked the authority to do it. The NYPD replied that its authority lay in its responsibility to protect the city against its greatest danger.
The information came with the release of a book titled, Enemies Within: The NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit by two Associated Press reporters, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman. Spying operations had been directed against at least 12 mosques since 9/11 in 2001. In that time, the FBI had focused on only one.Lawsuits have been launched against the NYPD by the American Civil Liberties Union and two other organizations claiming the spying is unconstitutional because it makes Muslims afraid to practice their faith. The police enter a mosque only when they are following a lead, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. “We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack.”
What if Boston had been so vigilant?
If he needed more evidence, he could of course have alluded to the 2,606 corpses buried in the rubble of New York’s World Trade Center, and the fact that there has not been one successful Islamist attack on New York in the 12 years since. In that time 63 other people have died through 43 acts of violence in the U.S., all in the declared service of Allah and the “religion of peace.” It was unarguable that if the Boston police had been as vigilant, three of those lives would be saved and 170 fewer people injured last April 15. Boston, however, left such things up to the Washington-directed FBI.
The fast fade of the Million Muslim March
On a less tragic note, it was quietly announced that the “Million Muslim March,” a Washington demonstration being organized for September 11 by the American Muslim Political Action Committee to demand an end to the War on Terror, won’t happen. It has been re-named the “Million-American March Against Fear.” Islam is no longer the sole sponsor. They will be augmented by conspiracy groups that suspect the Bush government lay behind 9/11, and also, inexplicably, by a Pennsylvania branch of the Tea Party movement. Oh yes, and they don’t expect quite a million people. The National Parks Service had been told to expect maybe a thousand.
Why such a huge miscalculation? Perhaps it’s because Muslim groups, believing their own propaganda, put their American numbers at five to eight million. In 2011 Pew put them at 2.6 million and noted among other things that there were three times as many Mormons as Muslims in the U.S.
“NYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations,” Newsmax, Aug. 28, 2013
The FBI was fully warned. Did the new rules against offending Muslims paralyze action?” TheChristians.com, Apr. 25, 2013