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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Democracy Now, AP: NYPD Tracked Muslim Students Far Beyond NYC; News Video Link

{BREAKING: Democracy Now! is streaming on its website, an interview between Amy Goodman and a Muslim college student that encountered an NYPD spy.}
The Associated Press has reported that the New York Police Department tracked Muslim college students far beyond New York City:
"NYPD monitored Muslim students all over Northeast: Names recorded in reports, even though they hadn't been accused of any crimes," February 18, 2012
The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the elite Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.

Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students' names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.
Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

See this video from the Associated Press:

Yet, as the Triangle Research Group reported early this month in a public release of its research, "Radical U.S. Muslims Little Threat, Study Says," as cited by Scott Shane in "The New York Times," February 7, 2012. As the New York Times reported, "Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said [Charles] Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina [and author of the report]."

The report this week of the NYPD monitoring Muslim students all over the Northeast follows on a damning revelation late last month that it had repeatedly shown a highly defamatory video, "The Third Jihad," as part of its training, to more than a thousand officers in its ranks. See: Michael Powell, "In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims," Janary 23, 2012.

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has staked his reputation on education. His legacy on respecting Muslims is rather poor, as evidenced by his police department's policies towards Muslims. These blemishes on his record follow on his unfortunate double standard in allowing Christian and Jewish days off from New York City public schools, but not for the Muslims' major holidays. See this example of several articles from summer, 2010: Asma T. Uddin, "The other Islam controversy in NYC," "Washington Post," August 10, 2010.

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