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NYPD Under Fire for Investigating Muslim Students Association
by Ryan Mauro
If you were told that the NYPD wasn't investigating a known Muslim Brotherhood front, you'd probably be outraged. Instead, the NYPD has done just that with the Muslim Students Association, and it is again facing fierce criticism for doing its job.
It has been revealed that the NYPD used informants to infiltrate specific Muslim Students Association branches in New York whose members had suspected ties to terrorism and extremism. Public events organized by MSA chapters were secretly attended and websites and chat rooms were monitored. Seven MSA chapters were labeled as "MSAs of concern," specifically six branches of the City University of New York and St. John's University in Queens. The six CUNY MSAs that were listed were at Brooklyn College, Baruch College, City College, Hunter College, La Guardia Community College and Queens College.
The Muslim Students Association was directly founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963 at the University of Illinois. The three main founders were Hisham al-Talib, Ahmad Totonji and Jamal Barzinji. All three have had senior roles in organizations investigated for possible involvement in terrorism. In 2003, Special Agent David Kane's sworn testimony said Barzinji is "not only closely associated with PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad]…but also with Hamas."
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