Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:10 am
NJ Muslims say suit against NYC should proceed
The Associated Press
In a filing Friday, they say the intelligence-gathering program targeted Muslims based solely on their religion and without any suspicion of wrongdoing. They argue the federal lawsuit should go forward, saying the NYPD program subjected them to unfair discrimination and reduced participation by mosque congregants.
The plaintiffs include Muslim individuals and organizations. The suit was the first to directly challenge the NYPD's surveillance programs that targeted Muslim neighborhoods, chronicling the daily life of where people ate, prayed and got their hair cut.
The city's lawyers argue the program was legal and note New Jersey's attorney general found that no state laws were violated.