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Muslim community groups respond to NYPD 'terrorism enterprise investigations'
by Danielle Tcholakian
Following the revelation in a new report from the AP that the NYPD designated mosques and Islamic organizations across New York City terrorist organizations in order to justify long-term surveillance without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Muslim community leaders gathered to call for a Department of Justice investigation into the NYPD's intelligence operations.
City Comptroller John Liu also announced an audit his department started last week of the NYPD's Domain Awareness System, which involves 3,000 surveillance cameras citywide. Community organizations from groups including the Arab-American Association of New York, Desis Rising Up and Moving and the Council on American and Islamic Relations also asked Liu to expand his audit to the department intelligence division as a whole in light of the AP's findings.
Linda Sarsour, whose organization the Arab-American Association of New York was reportedly targeted by the NYPD, spoke angrily of the police department's efforts "to infiltrate [the Association's] board," particularly in light of the efforts she said her organization has made to work with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
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