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NYPD Moves into New Jersey in Search of Terrorists

New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that he will authorize his police department to take all necessary steps to find and stop Muslim terrorists. He has said that he will do this even if police officers operate outside their jurisdictions or threaten the rights of legal immigrants or native-born Muslims. 

Apparently the mayor has established a shadow police department to monitor mosques in neighboring states such as Connecticut and New Jersey. Additionally, the Associated Press revealed that the officers investigated Muslim college students at area universities, including Columbia University and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. A Muslim student at NYU said that she feels frightened talking on the phone to her mother or looking up words in Google Translator. Around 1,000 NYPD officers are dedicated to counter-terrorism and intelligence-gathering.

In addition to protests from educational institutions in the region, a complaint came from officials in New Jersey after it was revealed that New York police were working on photographing every mosque in Newark and developing a catalog of Muslim-owned businesses.

Mayor Bloomberg has stated that it is "100 percent legal" for NYPD officers to conduct investigations in other states. He says that the Newark police department was notified of the work, but the mayor was not. Bloomberg further justified his officers' forays into New Jersey when he said, "You have to also remember an awful lot of the 9/11 hijackers stayed in New Jersey for extended periods of time, training, planning their attacks."

Source: Huffington Post, "Mayor Bloomberg Defends NYPD Intelligence-Gathering On Muslim Communities Across Northeast," by David B. Caruso, Feb. 24, 2012. 

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