Gotnews.com has confirmed that Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley attended a mosque that was surveilled by the NYPD before public pressure shut down the program.
Brinsley attended the radical mosque of Masjid At Taqwa, according to reporting by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller.
The Masjid at Taqwa of Brooklyn was among those mosques surveilled by the New York Police Department. The mosque’s imam, Siraj Wahhaj, was named by the Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj also served as a character witness for a convicted terrorist in that bombing plot– Omar Abdel Rahman, a.k.a. the Blind Sheikh–and has served on the board of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
The surveillance problem was controversial by some Muslim groups and was ultimately abandoned. Here’s the New York Times writing on that decision earlier this year.
The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said.
The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner, is backing away from some of the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices of his predecessor. The Police Department’s tactics, which are the subject of two federal lawsuits, drew criticism from civil rights groups and a senior official with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who said they harmed national security by sowing mistrust for law enforcement in Muslim communities.
Associated Press reporters Chris Hawley, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo revealed this program and ultimately won the Pulitzer Prize.
GotNews.com will update this posts if any of the reporters answer.
Had the program still been in effect we may have been able to prevent Brinsley’s radicalization.
“Several Brooklyn Mosques were under surveillance by the JTTF until the program was exposed by the AP, and forced to a halt by the ACLU. No matter your opinion on the surveillance, it was indisputably a treasure trove of actionable intelligence,” says John Cardillo, a former NYPD police officer and Gotnews.com advisor. “What irks me more is that there is long standing precedent to infilitrate and monitor certain ethnic and religious groups. We do it to La Cosa Nostra, Russian Organizatzya, Hispanic Drug Cartels, Black street gangs, and the list goes on.”
Cardillo continued. “Yet Muslims are an illogically and dangerously protected social class. So in the interest of political correctness, we forego national security and public safety. Had we continued to monitor that mosque, would we have picked up chatter from Brimsley that might have indicated what he was eventually planning? I guess we’ll never know.”