NYPD officer ‘converted’ to Islam to spy on Muslim Brooklyn College students

Source: Tribune

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer pretended to convert to Islam and assumed the role of a Brooklyn College student at the Islamic Society in New York City as part of a covert operation to spy on Muslims.

The officer, who went by the name of Mel, short for Melike, spent four years earning the trust of Muslim students at the college as part of an NYPD operation to spy on Muslims, according to New York’s daily weblog Gothamist.


According to the report, the covert operation led to the arrest of two women, Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui, both Queens residents, who were charged with allegedly planning to build a bomb.

The women were linked to members of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State (IS), both global extremist outfits, according to a press release issued by the US Justice Department.

Students who have since been made aware of the undercover operation have said how they now feel violated after discovering Mel’s true identity. Three Brooklyn College graduates who had been close to the undercover officer told Gothamist of the intimate ties she had developed with Muslim students and her presence during some of the most private moments of their lives. “Mel immersed herself in the student community, attending Islamic education classes, social gatherings, and trips to museums and the aquarium.”

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