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NYPD Surveillance Program Monitored Muslim Students at 13 Colleges

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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. 

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WNYC News

Muslim College Students Alarmed by Reports of NYPD Surveillance

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Muslim college students across the region are expressing concern at reports that they were spied on by the New York Police Department.

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New Collection of Essays Detail the 'Secret Love Lives' of American-Muslim Women

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be it about wearing the veil or their general place in society, discussion in the West about Muslim women — especially those conducted by non-Muslims — tend to portray them as silent, oppressed, and submissive victims. However, a new book titled "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" reveals the diverse and sometimes unconventional experiences of Muslim-American women in sex and romance. 

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The Takeaway

Muslim-American 9/11 First Responder Overlooked by Memorial

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

For his bravery on 9/11, first-responder Mohammad Salman Hamdani was cited in the Patriot Act as an example of Muslim-American valor. After the body of the 23-year-old police cadet was found in the wreckage of the north tower, the New York City Police Department declared him a hero and buried him with full honors. But visitors to the September 11th Memorial in lower Manhattan will not find his name among the list of first-responders. Instead, Hamdani's name appears in a section of the memorial for people who only had a lose connection to the tragic events of that day.

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WNYC News

Muslims Upset by NYPD to Boycott Mayor's Breakfast

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Several Muslim leaders and community activists are planning to skip Mayor Bloomberg's annual Interfaith Breakfast tomorrow. In a letter to the Mayor's office, the group expressed concern over a series of AP reports about NYPD surveillance of the Muslim community. 

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Muslim Protesters Call for an End to Surveillance

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hundreds of Muslims and supporters gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square Friday to speak out against alleged police surveillance in their communities.

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The Takeaway

Will an American Audience Embrace Muslim Heroes?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In a recent piece for The Philadelphia Inquirer Naif Al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist and father of five, wrote about the absence of positive Muslim characters in American entertainment. "Of all the diverse fictional characters who have inspired us," he writes, "Muslim protagonists remain very rare in American entertainment." Faced with a dearth of Muslim heroes in American media, Naif Al-Mutawa decided to create "The 99" to provide his sons with role models. It's a comic book series starring 99 superheroes, who each represent one of the 99 attributes of Allah, and use their powers to battle evil. After two years of looking for an American distributor, Mutawa has been unable to get his program broadcast in the United States.

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WNYC News

Councilmembers Call for Greater Oversight of NYPD

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Some New York City Council members are calling for more oversight of the New York Police intelligence operations, after they were not informed of department programs that subjected Muslim neighborhoods to surveillance and scrutiny.

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WNYC News

Arrests in Playland Incident Could Lead to Lawsuits

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

WNYC

The 15 people arrested at Rye Playland last week are considering legal action against Westchester County, according to their lawyer. The arrests took place after Muslim attendees at the amusement park became irate when women in their group were told they would not be able to go on rides if they were wearing headscarves.

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Poll Finds Muslim Americans Positive About Direction of US

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WNYC

Despite the high-profile controversies over mosques and other related issues over the last year, Muslim Americans felt far more positive about the direction of this country than the general public, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey of Muslim attitudes.

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The Takeaway

NYPD, Aided By CIA, Secretly Monitors Muslim Communities

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that the New York Police Department has pursued aggressive surveillance and intelligence gathering tactics that operate far outside its jurisdiction as part of its anti-terror efforts in the decade since 9/11. These programs were developed and continue to be implemented with assistance from the Central Intelligence Agency, which is prohibited from spying on Americans, and often target Muslim communities. While some details of the NYPD's intelligence gathering operations are well known, the CIA's involvement and the extent of the clandestine operations focusing on Muslims have been kept from not just the public, but the New York City Council and the federal government as well.

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The Takeaway

A Ramadan Roadtrip Around The US

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Two men are spending Ramadan in 30 different mosques in 30 different states for all 30 days of the month of fasting. They're traveling 13,000 miles, from Alaska to New York City, and are speaking with us today from South Carolina, where they're a little more than halfway through their trip. What they've found is that generations of American Muslims have lived in small pockets of the U.S. since the 1800s.

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The Takeaway

Understanding Muslim-American Identity 10 Years After 9/11

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

As the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, a new Gallup poll raises the issue of how Muslim-Americans view our democracy and their place in it. The poll surveyed Muslim-Americans and other faith groups, asking whether Muslims have been discriminated against recently, if Muslim-Americans have been sympathetic to al-Qaida, and how loyal they are to the democratic system. In contrast to Americans of other faiths, 78 percent of Muslim-Americans said military attacks on civilians are never justified.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Muslim Americans Ten Years After 9/11

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Dalia Mogahed, director and senior analyst of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center and former advisor to President Obama as a member of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, discusses a new Gallup study exploring Muslim-American views on a range of issues in American life.

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It's A Free Country ®

Juan Williams: Return Engagement

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Debate now, in this country, is stultified, and the best example would be the budget debate going on up in Washington, on Capitol Hill. These people are locked in by extremists positions on both sides, more so to me on the Republican side.

Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst, former senior correspondent for National Public Radio and author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

After Arrest of Imams, Florida's Muslim Community Shaken

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the first major case of homegrown terrorism in this post-Osama bin Laden era, six people were indicted by the FBI for funneling around $50,000 to terrorists in Pakistan. Two of those arrested were imams from south Florida. Nearly ten years out from the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, we evaluate how the relationship between federal law enforcement officials and Muslim communities has evolved in order to more effectively work together to prevent homegrown terrorism. Asad Ba-Yunus, a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney who now serves as legal adviser for the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations.

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It's A Free Country ®

King Hearings: Did We Learn Anything?

Friday, March 11, 2011

There were obvious omissions from the witness stand. Namely, the Muslim community groups that were not called to sort of speak to the accusations against them, like CAIR. What people were saying was inappropriate or wrong about the hearing was not simply its premise, but what they saw as King's cherry-picking of witnesses.

Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, talking about yesterday's hearings on American Muslims on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

NY Rep. King’s First Hearing on Radical Islam Stokes Fiery Emotions

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In an emotive, hours-long congressional hearing on Thursday, New York Rep. Peter King presided over tearful testimony and bitter back-and-forths from members of Congress, experts and family members as they testified about Muslim radicalization in the U.S. before the Homeland Security Committee. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Peter King's Hearing

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ambreen Ali, staff reporter at CQ Roll Call, reports from the House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response."

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It's A Free Country ®

Rep. King Hearing on Muslim Extremism: The Guest List

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

WNYC

»» WNYC's Arun Venugopal is live-blogging the hearings from Washington DC Thursday morning

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is set to hold a long-awaited (and for some, long-lamented) hearing on Muslim extremism in the United States Thursday. Specifically, the hearing will focus on what relationship, if any, exists between radical Islamists, American mosques and other domestic Muslim organizations.

Leading up to this week's hearings, a pro-Muslim demonstration was held in New York City on Sunday, where King was vilified for his insistence on such a hearing. However, another demonstration in favor of King's hearing was held at the same time, during which protesters said it was time for an inquiry into the activities of Muslim Americans.

The list of attendees for the Thursday hearing was released to the public on Monday. Here's a look at who is slated to speak.

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