After a legal fight, police have released a 911 call and other materials that show the New York Police Department had set up a place in New Jersey for undercover officers to monitor the activities of Muslims.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the NYPD, with training and guidance from the CIA, has monitored the activities of Muslims in New York and beyond. Detectives infiltrated mosques, eavesdropped in cafes and kept tabs on Muslim student groups, including at Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J., well outside their jurisdiction.
In June 2009, a building superintendent at an apartment complex just off campus called 911 and reported that his staff had come across an apartment with only two beds and New York City Police Department radios.
The building superintendent, named Salil Sheth, also reported finding computer hardware and software and pictures of terrorists.
The AP requested a copy of the 911 tape last year. Under pressure from the NYPD, the New Brunswick Police Department refused.
After the AP sued, the city this week turned over the tape and emails that described the NYPD’s efforts to keep the recording a secret.