Monitoring of Muslim students sparks outrage

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Trader666, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Monitoring of Muslim students sparks outrage
    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- New York City's mayor is facing off with Yale University over efforts by the NYPD to monitor Muslim student groups.

    The Associated Press revealed Saturday that NYPD officers had kept close watch on websites and blogs maintained by Muslim student associations across the northeast U.S., and in one case sent an undercover officer on a rafting trip with students from the City College of New York.

    Yale President Richard Levin said in a statement Monday that monitoring of students based on religion was "antithetical" to the schools' values.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the practice. He says there is nothing wrong with officers keeping an eye on websites that are available to the general public.

    He says, "I don't know why keeping the country safe is antithetical to the values of Yale."

    Yale University is condemning the monitoring of Muslim college students across the Northeast by the New York Police Department, calling it "antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States," while Rutgers University and leaders of student Muslim groups are calling for investigations into the monitoring.

    The NYPD monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

    Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip in upstate New York, where he recorded students' names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed. Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

    Yale President Richard Levin said the university's police department did not participate in any monitoring by NYPD and was unaware of it.

    "I am writing to state, in the strongest possible terms, that police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States," Levin said in a statement Monday.

    A 2006 report explained that officers from the NYPD's Cyber Intelligence unit visited the websites, blogs and forums of Muslim student associations as a "daily routine." The universities included Yale; Columbia; Penn; Syracuse; Rutgers; New York University; Clarkson University; the State University of New York campuses in Buffalo, Albany, Stony Brook and Potsdam, N.Y.; Queens College, Baruch College, Brooklyn College and La Guardia Community College.

    An NYPD spokesman said police wanted to get a better handle on what was occurring at student associations. He cited 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the United States and abroad who had once been members of Muslim student associations, or MSAs.

    NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said police monitored student websites and collected publicly available information, but did so only between 2006 and 2007.

    "Students who advertised events or sent emails about regular events should not be worried about a 'terrorism file' being kept on them. NYPD only investigated persons who we had reasonable suspicion to believe might be involved in unlawful activities," Browne said.

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  2. The outrage is coming from the muslims only. we all know what they are capable off if they are not monitored. and periodically threatened with deportation of their family if they just fart.
    FBI 's done a great job past 9/11.
  3. pspr


    At some point in the future, I believe the Muslim religion will have to be banned. Deep down it is a religion that preaches hate.

    Muslim scholars could rewrite the religion to make it peacful but I think it is too established for that to be a viable solution.