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NYC police defend undercover spying of Muslims

Feb 4, 2013

Arizona Republic

F* the First Amendment, they are Muslims and must be criminals.

Well at least that what the cops in the NYPD seem to think.

And of course the rest of us know this is a blatant violation of the First Amendment when the NYPD singles out Muslims to shake down solely because of their religious beliefs.


NYC police defend undercover spying of Muslims

Associated Press Mon Feb 4, 2013 1:53 PM

NYPD New York Police Department violates First Amendment by spying on Muslims because of their religious beliefs WASHINGTON — The New York Police Department is defending its use of undercover officers to prevent terrorism attacks, saying it follows the Constitution regardless of what civil rights lawyers say about its surveillance of the Muslim community.

Police spokesman Paul Browne commented in a statement Monday. It came after civil rights lawyers claimed in court papers that the police department had resumed now-banned tactics it used against anti-war demonstrators in the 1960s and 1970s.

Civil rights lawyers say the NYPD has subjected the Muslim community to “widespread and intense” surveillance, including where they eat, shop and worship.

They seek a court order against further surveillance of Muslims without evidence of crimes. Browne said terrorists have tried to attack the city at least 16 times since Sept. 11, 2001.