Document Shows NYPD Targeted Muslims For Surveillance
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A secret police document shows that the New York City Police Department targeted specific mosques and Muslims for surveillance, contradicting the department's claim that it does not participate in religious profiling.
The document obtained by the Associated Press is entitled "U.S. Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City" and was prepared for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly back in 2006.
It made recommendations to focus surveillance efforts on thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques as a way to canvas for potential Iranian terrorists during a time when tensions between the U.S. and Iran were high.
Kelly said he has to take a closer look at the report, but that it's important for the department to consider all possible terror threats.
"I'm told it’s sort of our contingency plan for the outbreak of hostilities involving Iran, which sounds to me like it’s something we should be doing," said Kelly.
If the report's recommendations were carried out, police would be breaking the city law that prohibits investigations based solely on religion.
The AP first reported months ago that the NYPD conducted widespread surveillance of the city's Muslim communities without a warrant.