NYPD Sued for Spying on Muslims in New Jersey

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

The NYPD’s post-9/11 surveillance program tracked innocent Muslims at mosques, community centers, and colleges across the tri-state area, linking exactly none of them to terrorism, and it’s now the subject of a lawsuit. A group of eight individuals and organizations in New Jersey have sued the department for what they allege is unconstitutional spying, as revealed in an extensive Associated Press series, based solely on their religion. “It’s such an unfair thing going on: Here I am, I am an American citizen, I was born here, I am law abiding, I volunteer in my community, I have dialogues and good relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and the NYPD here is surveilling people like me?” said one plaintiff, a 19-year-old Rutgers student. Another, Army reservist Syed Farhaj Hassan, said he served in Iraq to fight Saddam Hussein’s secret police: “I didn’t know they had one across the Hudson.”