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All Should Support End Of New York Police Department Spying On Muslims

April 16, 2014

It is too easy to say that in times of crisis abuses of civil liberties are just bound to take place.  That may be an easy place for the mind to go when events such as 9/11 take place, but any sober reflection on the matter will quickly dispel the idea that abusing civil liberties is a good  idea.  Sadly in the case of New York it has taken quite some time to end one of the most unfair practices aimed at Muslims.

It was announced this week that NYPD has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and also build detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped.

Did the New York police bring in former East German secret police to make sure it was all done properly?  To seriously think that all Muslims need to be monitored or that they are all terrorists is just lunacy.

Instead of producing any results the only thing accomplished with this violation of civil rights was an undermining of faith the Muslim community needs to have with our government.  That is exactly the opposite direction any rational  person would consider if their first desire was national security.

One can assume the most the police got out of this exercise was the knowledge we all put our pants on the same way, and love hot coffee.  So the police discovered where Albanian men played chess, Egyptians watched soccer and where South Asians played cricket.

All those being watched and monitored were just like you and me except they were Muslims.

I hope the lawsuits that have been brought from this action by the police are settled in a way that sends a resounding statement to future leaders that this abuse of civil liberties is never acceptable.



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