Feb 26 2014
Instead of whining incessantly about a recent court decision declaring NYPD extra surveillance of Muslims to be perfectly legal, Muslims should really take this opportunity to return to their homelands before there is an NYPD ‘spy’ camera in every Muslim mosque, store, restaurant, school, and dwelling.
Policymic To most Americans, Thursday was perfectly mundane. The Olympics were drawing to a close, people were still discussing House of Cards, and things were gearing up for the weekend. All of those were things I should have been mulling over, but none of them were.
For me, Thursday was nowhere near normal. It was the night that the Land of the Free’s justice system ruled that my voice meant nothing, that my rights were a joke and that I, along the rest of my faith community, was not allowed to feel protected in the country I called home.
I am Muslim-American, and I am not protected under the laws of the United States. (Oh, really? Americans don’t get to do what Muslims do in NYC. See below)
On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that it was within the framework of the Constitution to treat Muslim religious centers, businesses and student associations as terrorist organizations following revelations that the New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students and professors beyond the city limits. Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 on behalf of 11 Muslim individuals, businesses and organizations in New Jersey. The lawsuit alleged that the surveillance program violated their constitutional rights by targeting them on the basis of religion.
Within the program, the NYPD did every possible thing in order to find and convict potential “terrorists” of wrongdoing. They spent years poring over Muslim websites on a daily basis, attending whitewater rafting trips organized by Muslim college students, and making note of who attended what event and how many prayers people engaged in. The Associated Pressrevealed that the NYPD built frameworks with help from the CIA to monitor Muslims where they eat, shop and worship.