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A Lawsuit Only Jihadists Could Love

Recently the mainstream media made much of revelations that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) had been conducting surveillance of Muslims in New York and New Jersey, including members of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim Students Association. After an investigation cleared the NYPD of any wrongdoing and established the complete legality of the program, an Islamic supremacist group in New Jersey is trying a different tactic to shut this surveillance down: they’ve brought suit trying to ban surveillance based on religion – a lawsuit that only Islamic jihadists could love.

“They don’t have the right to spy and do surveillance on innocent people, on good citizens,” huffed an imam in Newark, Abdul Kareem Muhammad. He added: “This surveillance, this spying, without question, was unjustified. And it was definitely, without doubt, an invasion of our civil, human and our constitutional rights.”

Contrary to Muhammad’s assertions, an investigation actually uncovered no NYPD wrongdoing: New Jersey State Attorney Jeffrey Chiesa undertook a three-month-long investigation of the NYPD for its surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey and cleared the Department of any wrongdoing. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an energetic proponent of the Ground Zero Mosque, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly maintain that the program is necessary and falls within legal bounds.

Likewise, when asked about the legality of the program, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, Paul Browne responded: “I refer you to the New Jersey AG’s report and to the fact that NYPD activities in New Jersey were lawful, appropriate and in keeping with efforts there, in New York, and around the world to prevent terrorists from returning here to kill more New Yorkers.”

But preventing terrorists from killing more New Yorkers, as well as New Jerseyites, is apparently not a high priority for Muslim Advocates, which describes itself as “a legal resource to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life.” Farhana Khera, the executive director of Muslim Advocates, appears aware of how the group’s suit looks as if Muslims are trying to impede legitimate counterterror efforts, and insists that “all Americans, including American Muslims, care deeply about our safety and security.”

However, she doesn’t care enough about our safety and security to refrain from bringing this suit. Khera complains that Muslims are being singled out for law enforcement scrutiny: “Just to give you an example, there was reference in the documents to targeting, for example, the Iranian community, the Egyptian community, the Syrian community. But then there was explicit reference to the fact that they weren’t targeting Syrian Jews or Iranian Jews or Egyptian Christians, but really, the focus was on Muslims.”

Gee, why might that be? Could it be because Syrian Jews, Iranian Jews and Egyptian Christians aren’t committing acts of violence worldwide in the name of their religion? Could it because there are no armed groups of Syrian Jews, Iranian Jews and Egyptian Christians terrorizing non-Jews or non-Christians and quoting their Scriptures to justify their actions?

Naaah. It must be because of rampant, unchecked NYPD “Islamophobia”!

One of the plaintiffs is Moiz Mohammed, a student at Rutgers University and a member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Rutgers. Mohammed calls the MSA “an organization where students can come learn about Islam, participate, whether it be Muslim students or non-Muslim students. We cater to the whole university community.”

The MSA is also a Muslim Brotherhood organization, so named in the notorious captured internal document in which the Brotherhood stated its goal of “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”

Mohammed claims he has “never” heard any MSA members talk jihad. “And I don’t think anyone would actually say that in public, because all the other Muslims would not tolerate that behavior and that talk.”

Certainly Muslims have on occasion turned in jihadist plotters. But much more often, we hear about Muslim leaders explaining to Muslims how they don’t have to cooperate with authorities or tell them anything. Now, why is that?

If the Muslim Advocates’ lawsuit is successful, the inevitable result will be that the NYPD will do less to stop jihad terror. And the net result of that will be more jihad terror. Since this is an entirely legal program, it is hard not to think that that is what the Muslims who are suing want.

According to CBS News, the plaintiffs “hope to get two things: They want a set of rules saying the NYPD can’t do the surveillance anymore, and they want a federal judge to put a stamp on that. And they want all the files expunged from the records.”

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Suit against NYPD asks that surveillance of Muslims based on faith be declared unconstitutional

Islamic jihadists murder and terrorize other people based on their faith, but it is not permissible for Infidel authorities to take that into account. By actions like this one, Islamic supremacists in the U.S. are determined to end all effective resistance to their jihad.

More on this story. “Suit against NYPD asks that surveillance of Muslims based on faith be declared unconstitutional,” by James Queally for The Star-Ledger, June 6 (thanks to Benedict):

NEWARK — The New York Police Department‘s years-long surveillance of Muslim businesses and mosques throughout the Northeast denigrated the Islamic faith and violated the constitutional rights of countless Muslim-Americans, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Newark today.The suit, which is the first legal challenge of the NYPD’s spy operations, could mark the beginning of a historical movement, said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates, the civil rights group filing the suit on behalf of several New Jersey residents.

“This lawsuit is perhaps the most important legal challenge brought to date by American Muslims,” Khera said.

The eight plaintiffs are all Muslims from New Jersey and include a U.S. Army reservist, a Newark business owner who served in Vietnam and the imams of several mosques who were targeted by the NYPD Surveillance and Demographics unit.

The suit is calling for a “declaratory judgment” which labels specific surveillance of Muslims based on faith unconstitutional, said Glenn Katon, the legal director for Muslim Advocates.

Katon is also seeking a court order prohibiting the NYPD from future surveillance of Muslims based on faith and the destruction of all records compiled by the NYPD during its spy operations.

“When the NYPD says all Muslims are suspects we have a clear case of government denigrating religion,” Katon said.

The OIC is trying to pressure Western countries to criminalize “denigration of religion.”

Katon said that while the lawsuit is focused on New Jersey residents, further legal action could involve New Yorkresidents as well.Muslim Advocates considered including Newark police in the lawsuit, but ultimately there were too many conflicting reports about the extent of their involvement in NYPD operations in New Jersey.

All eight plaintiffs were New Jersey residents that were in one way or another watched during NYPD’s operations including at least two members of Rutgers’ Muslim Student Association.

In the month since the Associated Press released a 50-page document detailing the NYPD’s actions in Newark, several Muslim leaders in New Jersey have spoken out on the ways the report has had a “chilling effect” on the Muslim community.

“This is a blanket victimization of a suspect class,” said specialist Farhaj Hassan, a U.S. Army reservist and one of the plaintiffs. “I think this is what the pilgrims crossed the ocean to avoid.”

The suit comes two weeks after State Attorney Jeffrey Chiesa announced the completion of a three-month review into the NYPD’s actions in New Jersey. His office found New York investigators did nothing wrong or criminal, leaving many Muslim leaders in New Jersey to feel like the lawsuit was a last resort to vindicate themselves.

“They don’t have the right to spy and do surveillance on innocent people, on good citizens,” said Newark Imam Abdul Kareem Muhammad’

The NYPD could not be reached for comment immediately, but on Tuesday NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne said, “I refer you to the New Jersey AG’s report and to the fact that NYPD activities in New Jersey were lawful, appropriate and in keeping with efforts there, in New York, and around the world to prevent terrorists from returning here to kill more New Yorkers.”

Indeed.

Posted by Robert

NJ officials: NYPD Muslim surveillance legal

ibrahim-hooper-mahdi-bray-nihad-awad-2009-12-10-10-10-18.jpgAnother setback for the merry pranksters of Hamas-linked CAIR

Despite the best efforts of Hamas-linked CAIR’s Honest Ibe Hooper and Nihad Awad, it is still legal for Americans to defend themselves against Islamic jihad. At least so far.

“NYPD Muslim surveillance legal, New Jersey officials say,” from the Associated Press, May 26:

TRENTON, N.J. – New York City police did not violate New Jersey laws when they conducted surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups, Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said Thursday following a three-month review, a finding that angered Muslim leaderswho had sought a clampdown on the cross-border police operations.The conclusion by Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a Christie appointee asked by the governor to look into the spying, means New Jersey Muslims have no state recourse to stop the New York Police Department from infiltrating student groups, videotaping mosque-goers or collecting their license plate numbers as they pray.

Such operations were part of a widespread NYPD program to collect intelligence on Muslim communities both inside New York and beyond. Undercover officers and informants eavesdropped in Muslim cafes and monitored sermons, even when there was no evidence of a crime. The result was that many innocent business owners, students and others were cataloged in police files.

The interstate surveillance efforts, revealed by The Associated Press earlier this year, angered many Muslims and New Jersey officials. Some, like Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the state’s top FBI official, criticized the tactics. Others, like Christie, focused more on the fact that the NYPD didn’t tell New Jersey exactly what it was up to.

In response, Chiesa launched what he described as a fact-finding review. That review concluded that the NYPD’s operations violated no state laws, either civil or criminal.

Chiesa, the governor’s former chief counsel and a longtime confidante, outlined the state’s findings in closed-door meetings Thursday afternoon with Muslim leaders.

“We remain committed to striking the appropriate balance of ensuring the safety of our citizens through vigilance in fighting terrorism, while not undermining the public’s confidence in how we approach that mission,” Chiesa said in a written statement.

Muslim leaders said they were told that every instance of NYPD activity in New Jersey had been justified by a lead, but that the attorney general would not provide any details on the nature of any of those leads, saying the fact-finding was ongoing.

They said that they did not find the assertion credible and that their efforts to maintain communication between the community and law enforcement would be hurt by the findings that the NYPD had done nothing wrong — and could keep doing what they have been doing.

“It was basically an, ‘FYI, good Thursday afternoon, let it die in the media before the Memorial Day weekend,'” said Mohamed El-Filali, executive director of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, across the Hudson River from New York. If the surveillance of every mosque, burger joint and barbershop targeted was justified, he asked, why were no arrests made?

Aref Assaf of the American Arab Forum said the attorney general made them feel like second-class citizens.

“I said to him it’s not only insulting, it’s offensive to our sense of justice, that you bring us to Trenton to tell us that you accept as legal and valid the actions of the NYPD, and I will not be surprised if you’re issuing an order informing your law enforcement officials that they too can spy on American Muslisms [sic] because if it’s legal for NYPD, than it must be legal for NJ to do the same.”

The Muslim leaders said they would consider all legal options, including renewed appeals for action by the U.S. Justice Department. A federal civil rights lawsuit has also been considered….

The NYPD has long maintained that its operations were lawful and necessary to keep the city safe. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the NYPD can gather intelligence anywhere in the country it wants and is not required to tell local authorities. NYPD lawyers say they are not bound by jurisdictional lines because they are just collecting intelligence, not making arrests or otherwise acting as police.

Told of New Jersey’s findings, Bloomberg’s spokesman, Marc La Vorgna, said in a statement: “We’ve said it time and again, NYPD has kept the city safe and they conduct their work legally.”

The attorney general said a directive he issued requires all New Jersey law enforcement agencies to notify the New Jersey State Police Counter-Terrorism Bureau and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness if they hear of outside departments working in New Jersey. The state agencies will then coordinate with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, of which the NYPD is a member.

Chiesa said he is also establishing a Muslim outreach committee….

Oh, good. That will solve everything.

Posted by Robert