June 19, 2013 Court, Surveillance
Adam Goldman and Eileen Sullivan of AP report:
Civil rights lawyers urged a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department’s widespread spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any records in police files.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the lawyers said the spying has hindered the ability of residents to freely practice their religion. It is the third significant legal action filed against the NYPD Muslim surveillance program since details of the spy program were revealed in a series of Associated Press reports in 2011 and 2012.
Read more on FindLaw. Frankly, I cannot understand why attempts of civil liberties groups to stop the program hasn’t gotten more widespread public support. Either the public cannot relate in meaningful ways to the Muslim community or the general public is buying the Kool Aid and deluding themselves that this won’t grow and happen to more groups. If you have not stood up and taken a stand on this issue, why not?
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