Hace unos días se publicó que la policía de Nueva York había calificado a las mezquitas de organizaciones terroristas para así poder espiar los sermones de los imanes:
The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
Parece sin embargo, que esta noticia no es cierta. Sí pueden grabar los sermones de los imanes y a las personas que acuden a ellos, pero no han calificado a las mezquitas de organizaciones terroristas. El Comisionado de la Policía ha dicho que el FBI está celoso de que les hayan permitido realizar esas grabaciones, realizando por tanto actividades de contra-terrorismo y no sólo actividades policiales ordinarias:
This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly denounced as fiction allegations in an Associated Press article published today that the NYPD “labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations” in order to spy on imams and members without any prior proof of wrongdoing. Kelly said the piece’s purpose was to “hype a book” that the authors of the article have written. He went on to insist that the federal judiciary has specifically authorized the activities of the NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit. Moreover, Kelly hinted that the agenda the AP reporters and their book is furthering is not so much one of innocent Muslims or the ACLU but that of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is still angry that the NYPD had been allowed to poach on their territory and work on counter-terrorism rather than ordinary police work.
- NYPD designates mosques as terrorism organizations (usatoday.com)
- City’s mosques labelled ‘terrorist’ (timesofmalta.com)