Civil rights groups appeal ruling allowing NYPD to spy on Muslims

March 21, 2014   (RNS) Muslim Advocates and the Center for Constitutional Rights on Friday (March 21) appealed a federal judge’s ruling that affirmed the right of the New York City Police Department to spy on Muslims based on their faith and ethnicity. Last month, Newark U.S. District Judge William Martini rejected charges of illegal…

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Snowden Document: NSA Spied On Al Jazeera Communications

Leaked documents reportedly reveal the spy agency hacked into Al Jazeera internal communications   Documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden show that the US spy agency hacked into Al Jazeera’s internal communications, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.   One of the documents, reportedly seen by Der Spiegel and dating back to…

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House Democrats: NYPD should purge spy files, end monitoring of mosques, cafe conversations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Thursday urged the New York Police Department to purge its intelligence databases of information gleaned from its clandestine spying on Muslim neighborhoods. They also criticized the Obama administration for offering tepid responses to questions about whether it endorses such tactics. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress…

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Document shows NYPD sought to spy on Shiites, based on shared religion with Iranian terrorists

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on their religion, as a way to sweep the Northeast for signs of Iranian terrorists, according to interviews and a newly obtained secret police document. The document offers a rare glimpse into the thinking…

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CIA internal watchdog finds no problem with close partnership with NYPD

December 23—Washington — The CIA says its inspector general has found nothing wrong with the spy agency’s close partnership with the New York Police Department. The inspector general concluded that no laws were broken and there was no evidence the CIA was conducting domestic spying. The inspector general decided to do a preliminary investigation after…

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