KIYC: Top NYPD official says Muslim surveillance provided no leads


A six-year undercover NYPD surveillance operation aimed at Muslims, including those here in New Jersey, apparently did not generate a single lead or spark a single terrorism investigation. The admission comes in sworn testimony from a top NYPD official that was just unsealed today.



As News 12 New Jersey has been reporting for months, the targets of the surveillance included Muslim-owned businesses, mosques, and even Muslim student organizations at Rutgers.



In Paterson, where surveillance had been high, some residents feel vindicated. "Our community is very very glad to hear this, that we are free of any accusations, any wrongdoing," says Ken Abuassab, a leader in the Arab American Civic Organization.



Others did not seem as quick to forgive. "It's discrimination, that's our feeling," Paterson resident Mahmud Melhees says.



Ahmed Awawdeh, of Paterson, says he actually would like to see surveillance continue, but would like to see it done differently in the future, adding: "It's good for them to keep their on eye on everything. Everything, I said, not just one community or one thing or certain people.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."