The NYPD recommended spying on several mosques in the New York City area as tensions flared between the U.S. and Iran in 2006, according to a secret document obtained by the Associated Press and released Thursday.
Among the document's suggestions was to "expand and focus intelligence collections at Shi'a mosques." The AP's report, which comes after revelations that the NYPD sought help from the CIA to eavesdrop on Muslims, stirred reaction Thursday from groups already upset with the NYPD.
"Each new revelation of NYPD targeting of the Muslim community without evidence of wrongdoing paints a picture of a department that has little regard for legal prohibitions on ethnic and religious profiling," said Cyrus McGoldrick, civil rights manager with the Council on American-Islamic Relations of NY.
The NYPD didn't immediately comment Thursday, but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said "we don't racially profile."
Muslim groups called for his resignation this month after it was revealed he appeared in a controversial film about Islamic extremism that was shown repeatedly during police training seminars in 2010.