When the Joint Terrorism Task Force enlisted the NYPD to help set up the raids on three Queens homes that went off on Monday
, they expected them to "slyly contact their list of sources and informants," claims the New York Post
. Instead the cops canvassed the suspects' old haunts and "flashed around his picture," which the Post
says tipped off the imam of the Masjid Hazrat Abu Bakr Islamic Center -- not generally known as a hotbed of terror activities, and most frequently seen in the press as a source where reporters can get quotes from Muslims about terrorist activity
. The imam then, the Post
alleges, tipped off the terrorist suspect who'd been visiting the men
whose homes were raided, whereupon they presumably took all those big spherical bombs and "Death to America" posters they were using and buried them in the back yard.
The Post further alleges that the FBI is now mad at commissioner Ray Kelly for the "bungled intelligence gathering." Who leaked this peculiar story, and why, is a mystery to us, but the Post better hope the imam they characterized as a terrorist supporter isn't litigious.