Monday, November 14, 2011

When there's something strange in your neighborhood...who you gonna call....not the NYPD

If there was someone at your church or synagogue who talked about revolution, the killing of other church-members, used the Bible to continuously advocate for the death of non-Christians or non-Jews and was always meeting others in secret to discuss "problems" in society, would you not call the authorities? How would someone like that, and those who hung around them escape scrutiny and be let to roam free among the other members of the congregation? Only by way of complicity by the other members.

As Muslims claim they will no longer cooperate with law enforcement in New York City, what does that say about whether there are jihadists in their midst who are being sheltered and supported?

From The New York Times November 14

Angry Over Spying, Muslims Say: 'Don't Call NYPD'

NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with a decade of police spying on the innocuous details of the daily lives of Muslims, activists in New York are discouraging people from going directly to the police with their concerns about terrorism, a campaign that is certain to further strain relations between the two groups.

Muslim community leaders are openly teaching people how to identify police informants, encouraging them to always talk to a lawyer before speaking with the authorities and reminding people already working with law enforcement that they have the right to change their minds. Some members of the community have planned a demonstration for next week.

Some government officials point to this type of outreach as proof that Muslims aren't cooperating in the fight against terrorism, justifying the aggressive spy tactics, while many in the Muslim community view it as a way to protect themselves from getting snared in a secret police effort to catch terrorists.

Don't help and there will not be any flak from your coreligionists. Stay quiet and all will be well.

As a result, one of America's largest Muslim communities — in a city that's been attacked twice and targeted more than a dozen times — is caught in a downward spiral of distrust with the nation's largest police department: The New York City Police Department spies on Muslims, which makes them less likely to trust police. That reinforces the belief that the community is secretive and insular, a key reason that current and former NYPD officials cite for spying in the first place.

The outreach campaign follows an Associated Press investigation that revealed the NYPD had dispatched plainclothes officers to eavesdrop in Muslim communities, often without any evidence of wrongdoing. Restaurants serving Muslims were identified and photographed. Hundreds of mosques were investigated, and dozens were infiltrated. Police used the information to build ethnic databases on daily life inside Muslim neighborhoods.

Many of these programs were developed with the help of the CIA.

At a recent "Know Your Rights" session for Brooklyn College students, someone asked why Muslims who don't have anything to hide should avoid talking to police.

"Most of the time it's a fishing expedition," answered Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at the City University of New York, who supervises an advocacy organization that does such community presentations. "So the safest thing you can do for yourself, your family, and for your community is not to answer."

A fishing expedition to uncover planned and in process jihad attacks is wrong, Muslims are victims and we can all go home now because there is nothing to see.

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