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NJ mosque delays FBI visit meant to repair trust

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NJ mosque delays FBI visit meant to repair trust

By SAMANTHA HENRY | Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The FBI says a visit to a mosque by its top New Jersey official has been postponed at the request of mosque leaders.

The Paterson mosque had been targeted by NYPD surveillance operations. It wasn’t immediately clear why the visit was called off.

Michael Ward, head of the FBI in New Jersey, has said Thursday’s planned visit to the mosque was part of an effort to repair damaged relationships between law enforcement and Muslims in the wake of the NYPD revelations.

Religious leaders of different faiths are gathering in New Jersey to denounce the surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department.

Newark’s Archbishop, the Rev. John Myers, plans to deliver a statement Thursday saying authorities must protect society, but do so lawfully while respecting people’s faith.

The Associated Press has been reporting on the NYPD’s monitoring of mosques, Muslim-owned businesses and student groups in New Jersey and elsewhere.

NYPD officials have defended their actions as legal and justified.

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  1. This is going on all over this nation and the world. It will get worse and they will create laws to make it all legal. This is the same as Germany under Hitler

  2. The church leaders want to get their complaining finished before they begin any reconciliation process.

  3. There always visits from the police departments and usually no one minds, the problem is that if we don’t speak out they continue this forever. And worse the people are getting used to it, therefore they won’t mind any similar future laws or legistlations. In the name of security they are invading our privacy and slowley they will take away other rights and there’s no telling what happens next.

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