Cops, mayors: NYPD risks access with Muslim spying
The tip was a surprise when it arrived on the desk of Ted Wasky. Had it not come, the former FBI agent fears five Muslim men in northwest Ohio might have pulled off a plot to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
The source of the tip? A fellow group of Muslims living in Toledo.
“They were talking about Jihad and wanting to defend their … brothers in the Middle East against American aggression,” Wasky said. “The community understood the freedoms they enjoyed in the U.S., were concerned, and they reported it to the joint task force.”
The tipsters trusted the police enough to help the FBI infiltrate the group with an informant, and Wasky said that relationship was the “best thing that ever happened” to the local joint terrorism task force when he was the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.