Thousands are outraged ignited as the NYPD was exposed of monitoring Muslim university students from up to 300 miles away from New York.
The NYPD even went so far as to hire an undercover agent to accompany Muslim students on a whitewater rafting trip in upstate New York to gather information.
According to reports, the officers were packaging reports on the students and delivering them to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
As reported by the Associated Press:
The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.
Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.
Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
It’s disturbing to hear of such privacy intrusions based on religious belief! We are hoping for the best as investigations continue.