Muslim Leaders Will Boycott Mayor Bloomberg's Interfaith Breakfast
1 year ago
Clerics question NYPD's relationship with CIA, Bloomberg backs them
Muslim leaders in New York City say they will not be attending Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual Interfaith Breakfast. Not because they will be serving bacon, but because the mayor is in support of a "pig" of a different kind.
After reports surfaced that the NYPD formed a partnership with the CIA to spy on Muslims after the September 11, 2011 attacks, followers of the faith didn't take to kindly to it, accusing the city of religious profiling. Cops reportedly monitored sermons, followed cab drivers and food cart vendors and kept an eye on clerics around town.
When queried about such actions, Bloomberg stood up for his force and said that simply follow leads and "don't target anybody."
"There have been at least 14 terrorist plots against New York City since the 9/11 attacks, and the NYPD is actively engaged in making certain we are not attacked again," said police spokesman Paul Browne in defense of the NYPD's actions. "A recent analysis shows that 44 terrorists who have been captured or killed since 2002 resided in the five boroughs or immediate metropolitan area."
Muslims are still crying foul, saying that the operation is a waste of resources and pretty much illegal.