Confused 911 caller outs NYPD spying in NJ


Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 25 at 7:01 AM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — 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.


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106-a-44-(Caller from apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., in 911 call to New Brunswick Police)-"our neighboring buildings"-The 911 caller tells police that there are some unusual items in an apartment he'd gone to inspect. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *106 (07/25/12)>> 00:44 "our neighboring buildings"

104-a-19-(Caller from an apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., in 911 call to New Brunswick police)-"the Muslim religion"-The 911 caller tells police the apartment has some suspicious items in it. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *104 (07/25/12)>> 00:19 "the Muslim religion"

103-c-20-(Matt Apuzzo, AP correspondent)-"he was feeling"-AP correspondent Matt Apuzzo reports the tape is very revealing. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *103 (07/25/12)>> 00:20 "he was feeling"

102-c-23-(Matt Apuzzo, AP correspondent)-"its own territory"-AP correspondent Matt Apuzzo reports New York police argued the surveillance wasn't really a police operation. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *102 (07/25/12)>> 00:23 "it's own territory"

101-c-25-(Matt Apuzzo, AP correspondent)-"come to light"-AP correspondent Matt Apuzzo reports the tape shows how a building superintendent stumbled onto the New York Police Department's surveillance operation in New Jersey. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *101 (07/25/12)>> 00:25 "come to light"

105-a-41-(Caller from an apartment complex in New Brunswick, N.J., in 911 call to New Brunswick police)-"to get out"-The 911 caller tells police there are only a few items in the apartment. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *105 (07/25/12)>> 00:41 "to get out"

107-a-4:00-(Caller from apartment complex, in 911 call to New Brunswick police)-"thank you, all right"-The 911 caller to New Brunswick police details what he called "suspicious" items that were found in an apartment. ((note length))((Editors Note: The dispatcher took an unrelated call a little more than a minute into this recording; that call has been edited out. (25 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *107 (07/25/12)>> 04:00 "thank you, all right"