Late last month it was revealed that the New York Police Department (NYPD) has made it standard practice to label Mosques as terrorist organizations in an effort to secretly infiltrate and surveil members of the Muslim community years at a time. These actions have been carried out without any evidence of criminal wrong-doing, and have sparked understandable outrage among New York residents, Muslims, and civil rights advocates. Members of Mosques designated as “terrorist organizations” will be considered a “potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.” Making the rights of any Muslim affiliated with the Mosque null and void, and vulnerable to illegal and indefinite surveillance as well as other abuses.
The NYPD for too long has operated outside the rule of law. Through use of labels such as “terrorist organizations” and ” terrorism enterprise investigations” the NYPD continues empowering itself to further stigmatize and spy on innocent Americans under the rubric of the “war on terror.” Reports also state that officers had gone under cover, spied on leaders, and infiltrated executive board meetings.