The Associated Press released a story early on August 28, 2013 titled “NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations”. The story outlines a legal diversion around the Bill of Rights by utilizing a tactic called Terrorism Enterprise Investigation (TEI).
The article is written by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo. You can read the full text of the article at http://nation.time.com/2013/08/28/nypd-designates-mosques-as-terrorism-organizations.
While there may be some Muslim terrorists in the mosques of NYC, designating a mosque as a terrorism enterprise is clearly an assault on the 1st and 4th amendments to the Constitution. The NYPD has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other groups because it creates a fear by members that they are being entered into a secret list of potential terrorists.
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly are claiming that they only open a terrorism enterprise investigation as part of following a disclosure of terrorist activity.
Kelly provided this explanation and attempted to justify these religious profiling accusations in the following statements published in the Wall Street Journal.
“As a matter of department policy, undercover officers and confidential informants do not enter a mosque unless they are following up on a lead. We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack — and we uphold the law in doing so.”
Religious profiling is a serious threat to all those that are members of non-traditional religions. Religious affiliation alone is putting US citizens in NYC on a terrorist watch list. Calling a religious group a terrorist enterprise allows government spying, infiltration and entrapment to potentially occur.
The NYPD is applying the terrorist enterprise designation to suspend due process, illegal search and seizure, and probable cause on all members of specific mosques in NYC. If there is an individual that is a terrorist suspect, that individual should undergo investigation and be subject to any laws being broken. All of the due process rights should be applied. The whole religious organization should not be suspect because of a small number of individuals in the group.
When the NYPD creates fear in a religious group, they are acting as a terrorist enterprise. When people are afraid to speak their mind, they have lost the freedom of speech. When people are afraid to go to their place of worship, they have lost their freedom to assemble.
All concerned citizens should be working to end the war on terror justification for eroding or eliminating our basic rights defined in the Constitution. Awareness and understanding the threats to our rights is the first step. Holding our elected officials accountable at the ballot box is the next step.