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Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

by Imara Jones on June 17 2013, 8:45AM

The routine, legal activities of blacks, Latinos and immigrants online make them uniquely likely to be targeted for monitoring.

Topics: National Security, Spying

The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

The Dangerous, Infectious Logic of National Security

by Kai Wright on June 7 2013, 10:16AM

The rationale behind the administration’s secret spying program has been developed and honed to surviell and harass communities of color for years.

Topics: Kai Wright, National Security, Spying

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

Report: NYPD Spy Program Traumatized Muslim Communities

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 12 2013, 8:48AM

A new report documents the human impact of the NYPD’s sprawling Muslim surveillance program. Though there’s no evidence that the spying stopped acts of terrorism, the report found that it has stoked fear and mistrust in schools, neighborhoods—and mosques.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Spying, Wealth Gap

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

Terrorism Suspect Pleads in Yet Another NYPD Case Riddled With Questions

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 5 2012, 10:44AM

The city’s ongoing use of informants to create terror plots it can then prosecute raised concerns of even the FBI in Ahmed Ferhani’s case.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

The Real Reason Big Brother's Still Spying on New York City's Muslims

The Real Reason Big Brother’s Still Spying on New York City’s Muslims

by Seth Freed Wessler on August 29 2012, 9:34AM

A program that was meant to make New York City “safer” from would-be terrorists has proven to be an abysmal failure. But city officials aren’t budging.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD's Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Reporting on NYPD’s Spying on Muslim Neighborhoods

by Jorge Rivas on April 16 2012, 3:23PM

The Associated Press has won a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a series of stories on a secret New York Police Department program that spied on Muslims.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

Worried About NYPD Spying? Go FOIL Yourself!

by Jorge Rivas on March 28 2012, 5:13PM

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund can help you file a Freedom of Information Law request to find out if the NYPD has been spying on you.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

Bloomberg's Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD's Shameless Spying

Bloomberg’s Fear of Muslims Helped Drive the NYPD’s Shameless Spying

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 15 2012, 9:28AM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s defense of the NYPD’s spying on Muslim communities shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Mayor’s had a tense relationship with Muslim and Arab communities for nearly a decade.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

Bloomberg Basically Admits NYPD Spied on Muslims For No Reason Other Than Religion

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 9 2012, 1:05PM

The New York Police Department has spied on Muslim New Yorkers for no other reason than that they are Muslim. Yesterday, after months of near silence from federal officials, Attorney General Eric Holder called the program “disturbing”.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Spying

A Closer Look at Ray Kelly's Multi-Billion Dollar Army of Spies

A Closer Look at Ray Kelly’s Multi-Billion Dollar Army of Spies

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 1 2012, 10:33AM

New York Police Department has argued that it’s spending billions to spy on Muslim Americans in order to foil terror plots. That assertion simply doesn’t hold up against the few facts they’ve been willing to share.

Topics: National Security, Spying

Muslim Students Reeling From Shocking News of NYPD's Spying

Muslim Students Reeling From Shocking News of NYPD’s Spying

by Seth Freed Wessler on February 24 2012, 9:01AM

On campuses all over the Northeast, horrified students are discovering they were targets of surveillance, simply because they joined a Muslim student group. But domestic religious profiling is now routine for both NPYD and the FBI.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying

Muslim Americans to NYPD: Enough Already, the Commish Must Go

Muslim Americans to NYPD: Enough Already, the Commish Must Go

by Seth Freed Wessler on January 27 2012, 9:48AM

This week’s revelation that NYPD leaders lied about their participation in an anti-Muslim film that was then shown to 1,500 trainees was just the latest in a growing string of evidence that the department is systematically profiling the city’s Muslim residents.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Spying