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NJ says NYPD Muslim surveillance is legal
Fri May 25, 2012 1:30PM
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The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) said it is "disappointed" with the state attorney general's apparent approval of the New York Police Department's (NYPD) warrantless surveillance of law-abiding Muslims.

 

A representative of CAIR-NJ, along with other American Muslim leaders, took part in a meeting Thursday afternoon at Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa's office in Trenton to discuss concerns about the widespread spying conducted by the NYPD on the Muslim community in New Jersey.

 

Following a three-month review, Gov. Chris Christie's administration said the NYPD did not violate New Jersey laws when it conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups.

 

"The NYPD's blanket surveillance of every segment of the Muslim community clearly violated the constitutional rights of those who were spied on without evidence or even suspicion of wrongdoing on their part," said CAIR-NJ Chair Nadia Kahf. "We are disappointed with the outcome of the review conducted by the attorney general's office and will consider all legal options, including renewed appeals for action by the Department of Justice." CAIR

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR

 

Chisea’s findings come following an investigation spearheaded by the Associated Press that revealed that NYPD officers had repeatedly traveled outside of the state and the country to go on intelligence gathering missions aimed at Muslims around the world. Often they dispatched undercover officers that conducted spy operations under the command of a former Central Intelligence Agency official. RT

 

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, met with Muslim leaders on Thursday to outline the findings. Afterward, one of the leaders, Aref Assaf of the American Arab Forum, said, “I said to him it’s not only insulting, it’s offensive to our sense of justice, that you bring us to Trenton to tell us that you accept as legal and valid the actions of the NYPD”  AP

 

Muslim leaders said they would consider all legal options, including renewed appeals to the federal Justice Department. AP

 

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