A new twist has appeared in the controversy over a secret government program tracking the phone calls and Internet habits of millions of Americans.
In a filing earlier this week, the lawyers said the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey have failed to prove the New York Police Department targeted Muslims based solely on their religion.
The civil rights lawyers complained police have monitored public places where Muslims eat, shop and worship and kept records and notes about police observations despite any evidence of unlawful or terror-related activities.
A 57-year-old man was attacked on Saturday morning, according to investigators, he was the mugger’s eighth victim. Police have released surveillance video of the suspect.
A surveillance video shows the suspect as being 5’9″ with blue jeans, black boots, and a black jacket with a fur-trimmed hood.
Police are looking for a man in connection with an attempted rape in Washington Heights.
After the NYPD conducted surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey, a state legislative committee there has advanced a bill that would require out-of-state law enforcement to notify state officials before such an operation.
The NYPD is looking for a man who allegedly tried to rape a 14-year-old girl in Washington Heights.
As technology continues to change, so does the way that people choose to protect their homes. Cable TV systems now give homeowners the option to monitor their homes, providing instant security.
“This surveillance, this spying, without question, was– unjustified. And it was definite, without doubt, an invasion of our civil human and our constitutional rights,” Abdul Kareem Muhammad, the Imam of Newark’s Masjid al-Haqq mosque, said.
Imam Mustafa El-Amin of Masjid Ibrahim in Newark ran an advertisement Thursday in a New Jersey newspaper urging people to read the Quran, denouncing terrorism and emphasizing that his mosque has an “open door” policy.
The disclosure of the NYPD’s expanded surveillance of Muslims prompted criticism for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Some politicians and law enforcement officials critiqued the program.
The New York Police Department’s surveillance of muslims has garnered intense scrutiny and prompted a backlash, and now the Occupy movement is apparently upset about expanded surveillance as well.
The reports indicate cops collected information on businesses owned by second and third generation Americans, specifically because they were Muslims, and ignored members of other religions in the same ethnic communities.
The attorney general made the remarks at a Senate hearing when asked by Sen. Frank Lautenberg how a law enforcement agency could spy on another state’s residents without notifying authorities.