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ICNA NY Welcomes Abandoning of Covert Spying

04 16 14



(NEW YORK, NY, 4/16/14) – The Islamic Circle of North America welcomes the decision of the New York Police Department to disband a secretive unit that engaged in mass surveillance of Muslim communities.

The broad intelligence-gathering unit built detailed files of where Muslims ate, prayed and spent their time, completely mapping the communities’ lives. Islamic places of worship and institutions and Muslim groups and business were closely monitored.

Names, phone numbers, email addresses, license plates – nothing was left out of the blanket surveillance program. The NYPD has acknowledged that despite years of investigation, it never produced a single criminal lead.

“This Unit alienated the New York Muslim communities in New York and created an environment of fear and mistrust” said Omar Ranginwala, president of ICNA NY. “We look positively at this step to shut down the unit. However, further action must be taken to ensure that biased policing is not conducted on any community on the basis of their faith.”

ICNA also commends all community groups and activists for their untiring efforts in bringing this issue to everyone’s attention and highlighting its violation of constitutional rights of American citizens.

Two federal lawsuits are in place to challenge the department’s tactics and prevent future unconstitutional surveillance.

The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.


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  • Orlando

    Instead of spying on the good Muslims, the Police Commissioner should be establishing a relationship with the leadership to stop any infiltration of the minority fanatics in Islam. The commisioner should stop it’s entrapment programs and expose those individuals with these crazy ideas to the Muslim communities so we can deal with them with re-educating them about “real” Islam. I have never seen this much suspicion between law enforcement and the law abiding citizens of the Muslim community, let’s break these walls down and have mutual respect and cooperation with each other to keep all the citizens of our country safe and secure.

  • Mark McDonald

    The Muslim in the United States have been Censoring our Federal Counterterrorism Training, FBI, NY PD to railed against the “fear-mongering” that Islamic Law was “somehow a threat to Americans.” In Summary, the people of Islam are upset that the Federal Government is censoring the Muslims and the Muslims know this because they have been censoring our Federal Counterterrorism Training, FBI, and NY PD.