NYPD Surveillance Program Monitored Muslim Students at 13 Colleges

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The Associated Press has obtained a new report from the New York Police Department which provides a surprising portrait of just how far the NYPD's intelligence division went in a surveillance program targeting Muslims. The NYPD tracked closely the activities of Muslim student groups at 13 colleges in the northeast, monitoring their e-mails and taking notes on their activities. 

In one case, they went as far as sending an undercover officer on a white-water rafting trip with 18 Muslim students from the City College of New York organized by City College’s Muslim Student Association.

Jawad Rasul is a CUNY student who attended that white-water rafting trip and recently discovered his name was in a NYPD report. Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo is one of four AP reporters that were recently awarded a 2012 George Polk for their coverage of NYPD’s screening of Muslim communities.