“...There's been a suggestion that what we are doing doesn't comport with legal requirements, and that's not the case,” Browne said.
“Everything we're doing is done constitutionally.”
Amid a new furor over the surveillance of mosques and schools in Newark, lawyers from the NYPD and the city met with reporters to explain the complex guidelines under which they conduct investigations related to political activity and terrorism.
“There is no constitutional prohibition against a police department collecting information,” said Peter Farrell, senior counsel of the city’s Law Department.
“What's unconstitutional is if they then use that information to chill someone’s First Amendments rights or to impose harm on them.”
Browne said that because of the Handschu agreement, a 1985 consent decree that restricts how the NYPD can monitor political groups, “in fact, we meet higher requirements here in New York...” (Source)
HOST: Congressman, how widespread do you think this radical jihad sentiment is in US mosques? How many mosques do you think are infected?
KING: The only real testimony we have on it is from Sheikh Kabbani who was a Muslim leader during the Clinton Administration, he testified back in 1999 and 2000 before the State Department that he thought over 80 percent of the mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams. Certainly from what I've seen and dealings I've had, that number seems accurate. (Source)