Monitoring Of Muslim Students Sparks Outrage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A spokesman for a major Muslim organization is blasting the New York Police Department for spying on his community.

Police now admit keeping a close eye on Muslim college students all across the Northeast, including Rutgers University and Yale University.

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Detectives scanned Muslim student association websites, blogs and forums and monitored where students ate, shopped and worshiped.

Officials at both Rutgers and Yale said the school was not aware of the monitoring of Muslim students.

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“It’s very clear that this is not about police work this is about monitoring people based on  ideology,” Cyrus McGoldrick, of Council On American-Islamic Relations, said.

“I just feel that this sort of stuff undermines all the good work that the Muslim student association does,” Aleela Khan said.

On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the practice of monitoring Muslim students insisting it was done to keep the country safe.

“Of course we’re going to look at anything that’s publicly available in the public domain,” Bloomberg said. “We have an obligation to do so.”

NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne said 12 people, arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the U.S., were members of Muslim student groups.

He said surveillance was necessary “for the purposes of developing intelligence information to detect or prevent terrorism of other unlawful activities.”

Muslim student associations across New Jersey universities have signed a letter asking the attorney general of New York to investigate reports of secret surveillance of Muslim communities by the New York Police Department.

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  1. Bullett says:

    Hey, I say if you have nothing to hide, why complain?

  2. Major Houlihan says:

    Only in America do you have the right to protest your outrage like this.

    Where was the outrage at the terrorist attacks?

  3. been over it says:

    Religion since its inception has overwhelmingly caused problems and its totally logical that any one of these man made faiths would garner such negative attention as being spyed upon by a security force. Comes with the territory. Why since 9/11 anyone still wants to have anything to do wih any nonsense that originates from the middle east astounds me….and that go’s for judasim christianity and oil as well. WAKE UP!

  4. Clarifications says:

    “It’s very clear that this is not about police work this is about monitoring people based on ideology,” Cyrus McGoldrick, of Council On American-Islamic Relations, said.
    “I just feel that this sort of stuff undermines all the good work that the Muslim student association does,” Aleela Khan said.

    Translation: “Ideology” = wage a holy war against anyone with different beliefs. “Good work” = bombs and other instruments of destruction placed to do maximum harm

    Send them all back home so the can express themselves freely, oops that’s right their heads would be cut off

  5. PETE says:

    Do not spy on them, just deport them!!! These people are a cancer throughout the world and if we are giving in to them, we are doomed. This has nothing to do with their religion, it has to do with subhuman people who want to dominate our world, no matter what.

  6. The Facts says:

    They should express their outrage against the terrorists and the fellow travelers within their own community.

  7. Only one says:

    Monitor all mooslms. I guess we should just welcome them to our country to cause harm and destruction.
    Mooslims changed they way live on this planet.
    Well, the mooslims who don’t want to be monitored can all take the next thing smoking and leave this country.

  8. Nick says:

    And yet, the burning of 3,000 people alive in tall buildings SPARKS CELEBRATIONS.

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