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NYPD accused of spying on Muslim students

Police officers went undercover to monitor university student's activities and social outings

NYPD accused of spying on Muslim students
Muslim protesters march past an NYPD officer at a large anti-war rally in Union Square on April 9, 2011 in New York City. Thousands of protesters called for the U.S. to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a large Muslim contingent protested against war and Islamophobia. (Getty Images)

New York police officers are accused of monitoring Muslims attending university in the US by tracking student organisations and following them on social outings, it was reported in the US.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, America's largest Muslim civil liberties organisation has hit out at the latest allegations the New York Police Department (NYPD) “spied” on Muslim students while they were attending major Ivy League universities such as Yale.

According to a US report by the Associated Press, police officers from the NYPD “sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students' names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.

“Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly," it added.

"The NYPD continues to act as if it is somehow above the law that governs all other individuals and institutions," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

The CAIR has called on the New York state legislature to investigate the reports and has also highlighted allegations that NYPD offic ers initiated a program of spying on Shia mosques without warrants and without any evidence of wrongdoing by worshipers.

Last year, the CAIR expressed concern over an “unprecedented” rise in the number of attacks against the American Muslim community.

“We are witnessing an unprecedented increase in rhetorical and physical attacks on the American Muslim community and Islam,” the CAIR said.

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Somali Pirate 8 years ago

Are we surprised with this? No is the answer.

Jimbo 8 years ago

Well thier country, their rules! Right? And isn't their a war against terriosim? So if their is a war; shouldn't you watch where your enemies may lie in wait?

procan 8 years ago

No Brainier eh. If that's New York just imagine what it would be like in Atlanta Georgia or Arizona .

Mounir 8 years ago

true; their country, their rules. But their rules are against this sort of spying. And this spying, even if it were to be legal in some way, is still illegal to be carried out against citizens.

To recap: their country + their citizens = against their rules.

Isn't that what the 'civilized' world is all about? Preaching one thing, doing something else entirely?