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Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance of Muslims

People hold signs at a rally to protest New York Police Department surveillance tactics near police headquarters in New York on Aug. 28, 2013. An audit conducted by Inspector General Philip Eure, found that New York Police Department chronically skirted rules intended to protect political groups from unwarranted government surveillance while investigating Muslims. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

People hold signs at a rally to protest New York Police Department surveillance tactics near police headquarters in New York on Aug. 28, 2013. An audit conducted by Inspector General Philip Eure found that the New York Police Department chronically skirted rules intended to protect political groups from unwarranted government surveillance while investigating Muslims. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The agreement announced Thursday (April 5) by the city and the Islamic community also calls for the city to pay $75,000 in damages and nearly $1 million in legal fees. It also ensures surveillance in New Jersey will follow rules defined in another landmark civil rights case.

“Today’s settlement sends a message to all law enforcement: Simply being Muslim is not a basis for surveillance,” said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy and educational organization.

“We won this case, make no mistake about it. But as a member of the armed forces, I believe the United States won as well,” said Farhaj Hassan, a U.S. Army reservist and the lead plaintiff in the 2012 lawsuit in federal court in Newark, N.J.

“No one likes to take on the cops. Cops are good,” he said. “But in this case, when cops were acting bad, it had to be done.”

The lawsuit came after The Associated Press revealed in a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles how the NYPD infiltrated Muslim student groups and put informants in mosques as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks. In New Jersey, the department collected intelligence on ordinary people at mosques, restaurants and schools starting in 2002, the AP reported.

At a news conference, the plaintiffs noted that the surveillance program never produced a terrorism lead as it spied on at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools and two Muslim student associations in New Jersey.

The deal came after a Philadelphia appeals court in 2015 likened the surveillance program to when Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II and discrimination before racial unrest in the 1950s and 1960s forced change.

Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, said the agreement protects an increasingly empowered Muslim community.

It bans the Police Department from conducting surveillance without suspicion on the basis of religion or ethnicity and calls for the Muslim litigants to provide input into a new policy guide to control the Police Department’s Intelligence Bureau. It also requires NYPD counterterrorism probes in New Jersey to follow the Handschu Guidelines, which resulted from a 1971 lawsuit by the Black Panther Party alleging police engaged in widespread surveillance of legitimate political activity.

It also requires the city to pay $47,500 to businesses and mosques harmed by surveillance and $25,000 to individual plaintiffs in $5,000 increments. The city also will pay $950,000 in legal fees for plaintiffs.

“This settlement demonstrates a continued commitment by the NYPD to safeguard individual constitutional rights while keeping New York the safest city in America,” said Zachary W. Carter, the city’s top lawyer.

(Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.)

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  • My hearty congratulation! – goes to “Farhaj Hassan … the lead plaintiff in the 2012 lawsuit in federal court in Newark, New Jersey” – and to the rest of “the plaintiffs”! For “we won this case”, you boasted – true, that.

    But “the United States won [this case] as well”, you also said? What, are you blind(ed by this victory of yours)? No, sir, what “the United States won” isn’t that at all, but all that “the Sept. 11 attacks” had won for their 51st State, the US Deep State in these past 17 years! At the end of the day, your sweet victory really is nothing in comparison. ZILCH, sorry to say.

  • “We won this case, make no mistake about it. But as a member of the armed forces, I believe the United States won as well,” said Farhaj Hassan, a U.S. Army reservist and the lead plaintiff in the 2012 lawsuit in federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

    Mr. Hassan made a very good and balanced statement. Indeed, the U.S. did win – when equality is forgotten, we all lose. This time it was Muslims. In the recent past it has been African Americans, Japanese. Go back about 100 years and it was Italians, Irish, and Jews.

    No one wins when we forget that unless you are a Native American, you are from an immigrant family.

  • The Constitution is not a suicide pact. Islam is a fascist political party disguised as a religion. Its aim is to overthrow the US Constitution and establish Sharia government. The surveillance is not like what was done on Japanese Americans but what was done on Nazis in the US during WWII.

  • Why being a Muslim opens you up to surveillance:

    o “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)
    o
    “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-)

    “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)

    “…make war on the leaders of unbelief…Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them…” (Surah 9:12-)

    “Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.” (Surah 9:29-)

    “It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it.” (Surah 9:31-)

    “If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men.” (Surah 9:37-)

    “Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home.” (Surah 9:73)

    “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them.” (Surah 9:121-)

    “Say: ‘Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom…” (Surah 17:111)

    “‘How shall I bear a child,’ she [Mary] answered, ‘when I am a virgin…?’ ‘Such is the will of the Lord,’ he replied. ‘That is no difficult thing for Him…God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!…Those who say: ‘The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,’ preach a monstrous falsehood…” (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    “Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him…He has given you the name of Muslims…” (Surah 22:78-)

    “Blessed are the believers…who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)…These are the heirs of Paradise…” (Surah 23:1-5-)

    “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” (Surah 48:29)

    “Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?…Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents…They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets…Blessed be the name of your Lord…” (Surah 55:52-66-)

    Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

    And please no “out of context” excuses. Imams and Islamic terrorists don’t follow said excuses but follow the literal word of the Koran, the words of Allah.

    And yes any religion or group whose holy books or operating manuals have analogous dictates should be scrutinized by law enforcement.

  • “fundagelicalunknown

    Someone who believes in a totalitarian world rule with an American Christo-theocratic party dictating legislation based on limited interpretation of scripture they consider applicable. Applicable scripture is limited to scripture in which they personally are willing to impose on others regardless of whether they, themselves, personally adhere to it in private.

    Derived from a contraction of the words Fundamentalist and Evangelical.

    James Dobson, Pat Robertson & Fred Phelps are leaders in the fundagelical movement.”

    Now for the reality of me:

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    As far as one knows or can
    tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism,
    Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    As far as one knows or can
    tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    There was no Gabriel i.e.
    Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    There was no Easter i.e.
    Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    There was no Moroni i.e.
    Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    Sacred/revered cows, monkey
    gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    Fat Buddhas here, skinny
    Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on
    Buddhism.

    A constant cycle of
    reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings
    (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that
    we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups
    calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    “The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally,
    Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early
    philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely
    different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was
    immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother’s womb for
    eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. “

  • You defined “fundagelical theism” but you are a “fundagelical atheist” that is, the non-theistic version of fundagelicalism.
    Fundamentalism: attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles
    evangelical: marked by crusading zeal

  • If the Constitution gets in the way of things, then you are doing things wrong. The goal of terrorism is to attack democratic ways of doing things to make it easier to radicalize and recruit. Attacking civil liberties enables terrorism. It does not combat it effectively.

    “is not like what was done on Japanese Americans but what was done on Nazis in the US during WWII.”

    So there was mass surveillance of people of German ancestry during WWII? Nope. You are making junk up.

  • You are doing excellent work for ISIS

    https://warisboring.com/the-islamic-states-assault-on-the-gray-zone/

    “The “Gray Zone” is the group’s name for any place where there is pluralism and multiculturalism. For Daesh’s apocalyptic ideology, a pluralistic and inclusive society is repulsive and must be destroyed. To further that goal, the group seeks to widen the differences which exist, by definition, in a pluralistic community.

    In other words, it’s a wedge strategy. And once the Islamic State can drive enough of a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims, it can more easily radicalize and recruit.”

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