New Jersey imam, member of Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, “taken aback” that his mosque was under surveillance
And of course the Record has no clue, and portrays Qatanani as an innocent victim, Yet investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield reports that “despite the fact that Mohammed Qatanani was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that is behind both al-Qaeda and Hamas, despite his own guilty plea to being a member of Hamas, and despite the fact that even in the United States, he had defended a charity that provided funds to children of suicide bombers (this is done as an incentive to reassure terrorists that if they die their families will be taken care of), Qatanani was not deported.”
“N.J. imam says state”s involvement in surveillance was a surprise,” by Hannan Adely for The Record, July 10 (thanks to all who sent this in):
HACKENSACK, N.J. “” New Jersey law enforcement leaders have denied knowing about widespread surveillance of Muslims by New York City detectives, but state police agencies were involved in at least one joint effort: the monitoring of a Paterson mosque.
State authorities worked with the New York City Police Department to monitor the Islamic Center of Passaic County, led by Imam Mohammad Qatanani, police documents show. The surveillance included the use of an informant at the mosque and intelligence gathering during a three-day rally for the imam in his fight against deportation.
Because of his strong relationship with law enforcement leaders, Qatanani said, he was taken aback by New Jersey”s involvement.
“It was very upsetting for us, especially when our mosque is maybe the most open mosque for all law enforcement and elected and appointed officials,” Qatanani said in an interview.
New Jersey officials, including the governor, for months have denied that they knew the full extent of spying by the NYPD at Muslim businesses, mosques and schools in the state “” even while NYPD spokesman Paul Browne insisted that New Jersey police had been informed.
Gov. Chris Christie”s office did not respond to a request for comment Monday.