The NYPD Muslim surveillance program initiated under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, was very effective at rooting out potential Muslim terrorists and terrorist plots, as evidenced by the fact that there were no successful Islamic terrorist attacks during that time, but countless averted plots.
Unconscionably, the surveillance program was shut down when Bill deBlasio became Mayor in 2013. Now we are beginning to see the effects of deBlasio’s relentless Muslim pandering. The Masjid Omar Mosque, the mosque attended regularly by Uzbek terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, was probed by a program that drew criticism from civil liberties advocates and was the subject of two federal lawsuits.
The Paterson mosque that some neighbors said the suspect in Tuesday's deadly terror attack in New York City attended was among several in New Jersey that the New York Police Department targeted as part of a broad surveillance program that was intended to identify "budding terrorist conspiracies."
The Masjid Omar Mosque is on Getty Avenue, around the corner from the apartment where the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, lived with his family. Wednesday morning, the mosque was within the three-block section that was blocked off because of the investigation of the apartment building, but law enforcement sources said the mosque itself is not under investigation.
Neighbors told The Record and NorthJersey.com that Saipov worshiped there, but mosque members disputed that Wednesday morning. Mohamed Nanaa and Abdallah Abuzid, who came for morning prayers at the mosque Wednesday said they have never seen Saipov at the mosque.
Under the surveillance program, the NYPD allegedly used "mosque crawlers" to listen in on sermons and conversations at mosques and report back what they heard. Officers also recorded license plate numbers, mounted cameras on light poles, mapped and photographed mosques, and listed their ethnic makeup, according to The Associated Press, which first disclosed the existence of the program in 2011, and NYPD documents.
The reactions of Muslims from Paterson and Clifton who visited the mosque for afternoon prayers after The Record first reported the connection in 2012 ranged from bewilderment to anger. "We are American citizens," Badr Awad of Clifton said. "No one has the right to spy on American citizens. If they don't respect us American citizens, there will be big problems."
The brief NYPD report about the mosque — containing two aerial photos, a map and four sentences of text — did not indicate any criminal activity had ever taken place there or that the surveillance team was looking for anyone in particular. The report noted, though, that the mosque "is believed to have been the subject of federal investigations."
Disclosure of the program's existence triggered two federal lawsuits. The NYPD agreed to greater oversight of its intelligence-gathering operations this year in an attempt to settle one of the suits. The department discontinued the surveillance program in 2014. And now one member of the spied-on mosque just committed an atrocious mass murder on the streets of New York City.
|Muslim-pandering radical-Socialist mayor of NYC Bill deBlasio forced NYPD to stop monitoring|
radical mosques in New York and New Jersey and the New Yorkers ending up being blown up,
ran over, or shot dead by Muslim terrorists since then.
Muslim terrorist who killed 8 near 9/11 memorial is linked to places where Muslims celebrated 9/11 attrocity: Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek Muslim terrorist who killed 8 in a Car Jihad attack, at one point used a Paterson, NJ address. His truck had been rented in Jersey City.
Paterson has been nicknamed "Paterstine" due to its large Muslim settler community with noted pro-terrorist sympathies. The PLO terror flag flies over Paterson's City Hall. And Muslims there celebrated on 9/11.
Danusha Goska noted some of the accounts at Front Page Magazine.
Tom Penicaro: "I worked for PSEG in Clifton on the Paterson boarder and I witnessed it firsthand. They were celebrating in the streets cheering and stomping on the flag. I am a Marine and I remember very very clearly because I was so pissed I wanted to engage them with a bat I had in my van."
Walter Emiliantsev: "I lived in NJ at the time on Demott Ave., Clifton! When I tried to go to Paterson to my brother-in-law’s shop, I usually took Main Ave. There were so many people dancing on Main, I couldn't get through! I KNOW what I saw!"
"When I saw they were happy, I was pissed," said Ron Knight, 56, a Tonnele Avenue resident who said he heard cries of "Allahu Akbar" as he shouldered his way through a crowd of 15 to 20 people on John F. Kennedy Boulevard that morning.
A retired police captain, Peter Gallagher, said he cleared a rooftop celebration of 20 to 30 people at 6 Tonnele Ave., a four-story apartment building with an unobstructed view of Lower Manhattan, in the hours after the second tower fell.
"Some men were dancing, some held kids on their shoulders," said Gallagher, then a sergeant. "The women were shouting in Arabic and keening in the high-pitched wail of Arabic fashion. They were told to go back to their apartments since a crowd of non-Muslims was gathering on the sidewalk below and we feared for their safety."
Carlos Ferran, 60, who lives in the same building as Knight, said he was on his way to a liquor store to buy beer when he came across the gathering on the sidewalk. "Some of them had their hands in the air," Ferran said. "They were happy."
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