The NYPD's spying on Muslims in NYC and beyond has been the focus of a series of AP investigations that earned the team a Pulitzer. Today, the AP reveals that a NJ building superintendent called 911 in 2009 about a suspicious tenant, "suspicious in the sense that the apartment has about — has no furniture except two beds, has no clothing, has New York City Police Department radios." He also noted there were photographs of terrorists and neighboring buildings, plus Muslim religious literature. But it turned out it wasn't a group of a terrorists... it was just New York's Finest!
According to the AP:
New York authorities have encouraged people like [super Salil] Sheth to call 911. In its "Eight Signs of Terrorism," people are encouraged to call the police if they see evidence of surveillance, information gathering, suspicious activities or anything that looks out of place. The Homeland Security Department has long encouraged citizens to be vigilant under its "See Something, Say Something" campaign.
The call from the building superintendent sent New Brunswick police and the FBI rushing to the apartment complex. Officers and agents were surprised at what they found. None had been told that the NYPD was in town.
At the NYPD, the bungled operation was an embarrassment. It made the department look amateurish and forced it to ask the FBI to return the department's materials.
NJ Governor Christie has blasted the NYPD's tactics, but the state's attorney general says it was a-okay!