Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Far Afield the Nypd Oversteps in Its Surveillance of Muslims

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Far Afield the Nypd Oversteps in Its Surveillance of Muslims

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The New York Police Department's surveillance and data compilation activities directed against Muslims in the United States show a blatant disregard of basic civil liberties, as well as wisdom and logic.

What is also astonishing is the geographic range of the NYPD's actions in the name of intelligence and counterterrorism. Undercover police officers have been conducting surveillance, with CIA help, of both U.S.-born and foreign Muslims in Connecticut, New Jersey and upstate New York. Their authority to do so outside their city raises a question of jurisdiction.

Another objectionable aspect is the terminology used by police. Officers carrying out such duties are called "rakers" or "mosque crawlers." Imagine the public reaction if police were church or synagogue "crawlers."

There is also the question of the NYPD's assistance from the CIA. The federal intelligence agency is forbidden by law to direct various forms of espionage, including wiretaps and surveillance, against U. …

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