Saturday, March 24, 2012
The document provides the latest example of how, in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies. The FBI, for instance, has collected information on anti-war demonstrators. The Maryland state police infiltrated meetings of anti-death penalty groups. Missouri counterterrorism analysts suggested that support for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, might indicate support for violent militias — an assertion for which state officials later apologized. And Texas officials urged authorities to monitor lobbying efforts by pro Muslim-groups. [...]
At the NYPD, the monitoring was carried out by the Intelligence Division, a squad that operates with nearly no outside oversight and is so secretive that police said even its organizational chart is too sensitive to publish. The division has been the subject of a series of Associated Press articles that illustrated how the NYPD monitored Muslim neighborhoods, catalogued people who prayed at mosques and eavesdropped on sermons.
"The only threat was the threat of ideas," he said. [...]
"I think this idea of secret police following you around is terrifying. It really has an effect of spreading fear and squashing dissent."http://news.yahoo.com/documents-show-nypd-infiltrated-liberal-groups-081951121.html
via Imam Talib
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Muslim Advocates Organizes Major Push for U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of NYPD
On Monday, Muslim Advocates, working in coalition with over 110 civil rights, faith, community and civic groups, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding an immediate investigation of the NYPD's surveillance practices for violations of the constitutional rights of American Muslims. Since August 2011, the Associated Press has released a series of reports, based on the NYPD's own documents, about NYPD intelligence gathering programs that specifically targeted Muslims throughout the Northeast. Based on information released to date, they have spied and collected intelligence on approximately 350 mosques, schools, businesses, and individuals, without any apparent evidence of criminal activity.
The letter to the Attorney General comes after New York Mayor Bloomberg and New York Attorney General Schneiderman's refusal to look into the matter, several months after 34 members of Congress asked Holder for an investigation, and after scores of organizations asked the Department of Justice to investigate the NYPD.
The diversity of the organizations represented in the letter sent a clear message that law enforcement's targeting of religious communities is an issue that concerns all Americans. The signatories to the letter included: Center for Constitutional Rights, NAACP-NY, Occupy Wall Street, Interfaith Alliance, Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Asian Law Caucus, NY State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Alliance for Justice, Sikh Coalition, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
'Your family is Christian and may have fears about your conversion, especially now, the imam says. 'Instead if debating and arguing with them about the merits of one religion versus the other, let your behavior speak for you. Let them see the change in you. Let them see that being a Muslim has made you a better son, brother, and man.'"
Love, InshAllah, pg. 56.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
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