Apparently under Ray Kelly’s leadership the New York City Police not only engaged in unacceptable racially biased behavior, but also in unacceptable religiously biased actions. The NYPD had several mosques secretly labelled as terrorist organizations. From the AP (whole thing is worth a read):
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.
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.
This a reminder of the danger of granting the government extraordinary powers when “terrorism” is involved. The term quickly becomes slippery and ever expanding.
This is also another reason Ray Kelly should not be rewarded for his tenure in New York City. President Obama is seriously considering appointing him to Secretary of Homeland Security. Doing so not only rewards these offenses, but sends the signal the Obama administration would support other law enforcement agencies adopting similar tactics.
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