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New York police surveillance of Muslims did not violate Constitution: Judge

Published on Feb 21, 2014 9:30 AM
 
New York City's secret police surveillance of mosques, Muslim businesses and a Muslim student group in New Jersey did not violate the US Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Feb 20, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York City's secret police surveillance of mosques, Muslim businesses and a Muslim student group in New Jersey did not violate the US Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

US District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey, threw out a lawsuit brought by several New Jersey Muslims who claimed the New York Police Department illegally targeted them for undercover monitoring solely because of their religion.

The police department's widespread programme was first revealed in a series of articles by the Associated Press, which reported that officers had infiltrated Muslim organisations throughout the region following the World Trade Centre attacks of Sept 11, 2001.

The plaintiffs in the case, led by Syed Farhaj Hassan, a US Army reservist, claimed the programme impaired their freedom of expression, caused them to stop attending religious services and threatened their careers.

 
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