NYPD went to far with inquiry into mosques

It?s not hard to understand why law enforcement authorities in New York City are hyper-vigilant in guarding against terrorism. The attack of 9/11 at the hands of radical Islamic members of al-Qaida are the worst to have occurred on U.S. soil, and the city will remain a target for years to come.

But America?s founding ideals of a free,Suggs Elite Jerseys, tolerant society also have deep history in New York. The city served as the first capital of the United States,, and it?s where the Bill of Rights was first introduced to Congress. One of the primary symbols of New York City — the Statue of Liberty — is itself a symbol of tolerance and freedom.

So it was disappointing last month to learn that the New York Police Department has been secretly designating some mosques — houses of worship for those who practice Islam — as terrorist organizations. The department?s approach violates American traditions of religious freedom, and it should be cause for all Americans,Giants Jerseys China, regardless of their faith, to wonder if the Bill of Rights has lost its meaning in the name of overzealous policing. It?s dying in the very city where it was born.

According to The Associated Press, New York police since 9/11 have opened at least 12 investigations into mosques, and because the police label them ?terrorist organizations,? anyone who walks into them is subject to surveillance. The investigations often are initiated without specific evidence of a crime. None of the mosques or their leaders has ever been criminally charged — even though the investigations can sometimes last years. Such tactics sow distrust in the community,Carolina Panthers Jerseys China, making it less likely that helpful tips will be passed on to law enforcement.