The New York Police Department (NYPD)’s mass surveillance of Muslims in New York City is nothing new, and even if the city’s Muslims aren’t exactly okay with the idea, they at the very least aren’t surprised anymore. But what if you don’t live in New York City, or even New York State?
Turns out, that doesn’t mean the NYPD isn’t watching you, as growing evidence emerges that the police department has been launching surveillance operations against Muslim college students across the entire northeastern United States, as well as building databases of stores that Muslims shop at in Newark, New Jersey.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the surveillance, insisting that keeping tabs on Muslims across the region is “what you would expect them to do,” adding that a number of terrorists were once members of Muslim student organizations and that the police have an “obligation” to spy on those groups.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is less happy about the situation, saying it “raises a number of concerns” and saying that his city never authorized the spying, nor were they even informed about it. A leaked report showed police routinely eavesdropping on apparent Muslims engaged in conversation, but turned up no evidence of terrorist plots or criminal activity.
4 thoughts on “NYC Mayor Defends Surveillance of Out-of-Town Muslims”
Last trip over the GW bridge cost me almost $10. I remember when it was $3. I can now understand how New York can collect so much money and show nothing for it. They send cops to places that they should not be. If there was some hard evidence on one group then one could make a point it is wise to watch them but this looks like lets give the cops some time off up state new york. I would if they watch them closer during ski season? Money should be used to help the people of New York not wasted on things like cops going skiing or what ever they do when they make useless trips to difference colleges.
Mayor Bloomberg acts as if he the the president of the northeastern U.S. You’re just the mayor of NY city. And you’ve taken on more responsibility than is yours. The justice dept. needs to have a little talk with you.
Well what can you expect. When stolen lucre is tossed about under the guise of "security" the peasants have no right to question their slave masters intentions. Or have we all missed that memo?
Mayor Bloomberg has control of Surface to Air Missile systems according to some sources, Now that is a worry, a serious woryy. and it shows the mentality of the United States, that it allows a Mayor the Authority to shoot down Aircraft.
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