NYPD Draws Fire for Muslim Student Surveillance

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New York City police has moved far beyond city limits in its Muslim surveillance programs, according to reports from the Associated Press.
    
The Associated Press reported that police checked websites run by Muslim student groups at 16 Northeast colleges.
    
They talked with local authorities about professors in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a white-water rafting trip. 
    
The agent recorded student names and how many times they prayed.

Critics accuse the police of violating human rights.

"I see a violation of civil rights here," said Tanweer Haq, chaplain of the Muslim Student Association at Syracuse University.

"Nobody wants to be on the list of the FBI or the NYPD or whatever," he said. "Muslim students want to have their own lives, their own privacy, and enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities that everybody else has."    

A police spokesman said the arrests and convictions of former members of Muslim student groups makes it prudent to monitor them.

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