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Was the NYPD Justified in its Surveillance of New Jersey's Muslims?

New Jersey residents and politicians are looking for answers about the surveillance of Muslims that happened in 2007.

New Jerseyans have discovered that the New York Police Department spent several months conducting surveillance of mosques and businesses, including eateries, that were owned by Muslims during 2007.

The Associated Press reported that the NYPD conducted surveillance on everything from houses of worship to chicken restaurants in Newark. Civil rights groups and politicians have called for an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office. And police and state officials have said they did not know the request by the police department would reach this far.

Was this surveillance the actions of an overzealous police department? Or simply an anti-terrorism measure designed to keep New Jersey safe from attacks?

What do you think?

Jimmy March 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I understand your point, it was well taken then I realized analogies such as yours is great to justify actions that don't fall under the letter of the law. Once again we must sadly reference the Constitution and state laws as to what we are and are not allowed to do whether you're a sheep, wolf, or sheepdog.
Marshall Krugman March 01, 2012 at 07:58 PM
For the most part "they" are American citizens who, along with their families, may have been in our Country for many years and have been loyal and patriotic and may have even served our Country in the armed forces. What is happening to "them" would be akin to my parents and myself being under surveillance because my grandparents and parents were born in Eastern Europe. I had apparently been so thorougly veted when I applied for Navy Officer's Candidate School that within days of the Cuban Missle crisis I was quickly given top secret clearance. In my case this inquiry was totally appropriate. It would not have been had I simply been a recent college graduate and a good citizen..
Concerned March 01, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I feel it's more akin to the surveillance that was done to white christian, principally Baptist, churches to uncover KKK members who were planning and commiting atrocities against innocent black citizens. During the civil rights movement the government certainly violated innocent white Christians rights and privacy as not all white Christians were racists. That said there was no doubt that the government was correct in profiling the white Christian churches for members of the KKK. There was a greater good. The Muslims are not the first to be profiled nor the last. It has to be done when elements of a group, religion or creed decided that violence and terror is okay to destroy our pluralistic society and our freedoms.
Marshall Krugman May 17, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Remember what happened to American citizens of Japanese descent during WWII? Still a major embarassment for our Country.
Monk May 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Not to excuse egregious programs past or present, but what should be done to ensure our safety when murderous fanatics use our own American civility and laws against us?

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