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WNYC News

NYPD Muslim Surveillance Unit is Disbanded

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A unit within the New York City Police Department created in the wake of 9/11 to gather information on Muslims has disbanded.

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WNYC News

Conflict in Syria Raises Questions of Heightened Surveillance At Home

Sunday, September 01, 2013

With Congress set to debate taking military action in Syria, the Arab American Association of New York is telling its community to expect increased surveillance of Syrian-Americans and Muslims.

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WNYC News

Muslim New Yorkers Sue over NYPD Surveillance

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A group of Muslim New Yorkers is suing the NYPD over police surveillance in mosques and Muslim organizations. The federal lawsuit alleges that the NYPD violated the constitution by targeting law-abiding Muslims for surveillance and asks that any records collected from the surveillance be destroyed.

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WNYC News

Informant: NYPD Paid Me to 'Bait' Muslims

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A paid informant for the New York Police Department says he was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying bad things.

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WNYC News

NYPD Official Testifies Spying on Muslims Did Not Generate Leads

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Unsealed court testimony shows  that despite more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, the NYPD's Demographics Unit has never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.

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The Empire

NYCLU goes to court over NYPD's Muslim surveillance

Monday, October 03, 2011

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today it is asking a Federal court for access to information about the NYPD's secret surveillance program that targets Muslim communities throughout the New York City area.

“The NYPD’s reported surveillance of local Muslim communities raises serious questions concerning whether the Police Department has violated court-ordered restrictions on its ability to spy on and keep dossiers on individuals,” said NYCLU Legal Director Arthur Eisenberg in a statement. “In order to know whether the NYPD is violating the court order, we need a more complete explanation of the NYPD’s surveillance practices.”

The police department has denied such activities are happening. This is contrary to a series of Associated Press reports of a CIA-supported secret unit inside the NYPD that has targeted Muslim communities. NYCLU wants to go through the discovery process to see if the unit's activities violate a decades-old decree that restricts the department's ability to conduct surveillance against people based on political and religious activity.

One of the big questions this story has raised is how much Mayor Bloomberg was  involved in creating, authorizing or monitoring the activities of this special unit. Bloomberg has never outright confirmed such a unit exists in the NYPD, despite reports detailing the unit's existence and how it's monitored Muslim communities after September 11, 2001.But the mayor has generally supported the work of the department when it comes to monitoring groups and communities.

Bloomberg describes New York City as an immigrant-friendly city. It was reported today that the Mayor's office is even backing the city council's resistance to Federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants after being released from prison. Presumably, during depositions of those involved in the Muslim surveillance program, the extent to which the mayor was involved or informed about the program could be revealed.

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