March 25, 2012 |
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Dozens of French Muslims are training with the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, raising fears of future attacks after the shooting deaths of seven people in southern France, allegedly by a man who spent time in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday. Authorities are investigating whether Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman of Algerian descent suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers in Toulouse this month, was among the training group, the officials said.
March 18, 2012
Pope Shenouda III, 88, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. The state news agency MENA said that Pope Shenouda died after battling liver and lung problems for several years, and a doctor who treated him several years ago said he suffered from prostate cancer that had spread to his lungs. He died at his residence in the main Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, several figures close to him said.
March 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - An interstate feud escalated Friday when a New York congressman berated New Jersey Gov. Christie for "trying to score cheap political points" instead of saving lives when he complained that the New York Police Department's monitoring of Muslims across the state line was arrogant and secretive. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said Christie crossed a line when he mocked Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as "all-knowing, all-seeing," and said the NYPD's intelligence operation in Newark may have been "born out of arrogance.
March 2, 2012 |
TRENTON - New York City's Police Department is facing mounting criticism of its secret surveillance of Muslims across the Northeast, with ACLU chapters and other groups demanding an investigation and Gov. Christie accusing the NYPD of arrogantly acting as if "their jurisdiction is the world. " The intelligence-gathering was detailed recently in a series of Associated Press stories that reported that police monitored mosques and Muslims around the metropolitan area and kept tabs on Muslim student groups at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and other schools in Upstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
February 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Monday that it has no control over how the New York Police Department spends millions of dollars in White House grants that helped pay for NYPD programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance. In New York, the police commissioner said he wouldn't apologize. The White House has no opinion about how the grant money was spent, spokesman Jay Carney said. The Associated Press reported Monday that the White House money has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods and paid for computers that stored even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons, and social events.
February 27, 2012 |
A Muslim congregation of mostly Main Line converts has been dealt a major legal setback in its effort to build a retirement community for aging members in southern Chester County. A Chester County Court judge has ruled against the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in a long-standing zoning dispute with the East Fallowfield Township Board of Supervisors. The 350-member congregation wants to build 43 carriage-style houses clustered on a 108-acre parcel that it bought in the 1980s.
February 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New York's mayor served notice Friday that his police department would do everything in its power to root out terrorists in the United States, even if that means sending officers outside the city limits or placing law-abiding Muslims under scrutiny. "We just cannot let our guard down again," Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned. He laid out his doctrine for keeping the city safe during his weekly radio show after a week of criticism of a secret New York Police Department effort to monitor mosques in several cities and keep files on Muslim student groups at colleges in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Upstate New York.
February 23, 2012 |
Reacting to a recent report that New York City police monitored a Muslim student group at the University of Pennsylvania among groups at more than a dozen schools, Penn students plan to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Graduate Student Center to "air concerns. " The report, published Sunday by the Associated Press, said detectives routinely trawled Muslim student websites and blogs at universities including Penn, Rutgers, Yale, and Columbia to keep track of groups that could be ripe for infiltration by terrorist recruiters.
February 17, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - A coalition of New Jersey-based Muslim and civil rights groups is asking Gov. Christie to investigate reports that the New York Police Department conducted secret surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey. Sixteen organizations have signed a letter asking the governor to investigate the extent of the surveillance in New Jersey and whether local law enforcement agencies were involved. Christie suggested Thursday through a spokesman that it would not be "appropriate" for his office to conduct an investigation and he would instead forward the request to the state Attorney General's Office.
January 10, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - A Kosovo-born Muslim man was charged with plotting to attack crowded places around Tampa - including nightclubs and a sheriff's office - with an assault rifle, car bomb, and other explosives, federal authorities said Monday. According to a federal complaint, Sami Osmakac, 25, recorded an eight-minute video shortly before his arrest explaining why he wanted to bring terror to his "victims' hearts" in the Tampa Bay area. Osmakac is a naturalized American citizen born in Kosovo, which was then part of the former Yugoslavia in eastern Europe.