911 Call Revealed NYPD Surveillance Den In New Jersey |
The Associated Press has released the tape of the 911 call that revealed the NYPD’s extensive surveillance program of peaceful Muslims far beyond its jurisdiction. A building superintendent in New Brunswick, New Jersey called 911 in June 2009 to report what he thought was a terrorist hideout: an apartment containing nothing but NYPD radios and computers. “There’s pictures of terrorists. There’s literature on the Muslim religion,” he said to the 911 operator. In March, the NYPD endured harsh criticism for the secret surveillance, which compiled files on Muslim students and mosques from New Jersey to New Orleans. An NYPD deputy defended the operation in February by claiming that the detectives can operate outside New York because they aren’t conducting official police duties. The Associated Press, which broke the story earlier this year, won access to the 911 call after suing New Brunswick.