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Aug
21
2012
NYPD Testimony on Muslim Surveillance Operation Highlights Futility of Spying on Innocent People

Court testimony released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and partnering civil rights attorneys affirms that the NYPD’s Demographics Unit spied on Muslim New Yorkers only because of their ethnicity and native language – not because they were suspected of criminal activity – and reveals that the intelligence gathering never resulted in a lead in a terrorism investigation.

Feb
27
2012
NYCLU and ACLU Call for Federal Probe Into Use of White House Funds for NYPD’s Religious Profiling

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today called for a federal investigation into the reported use of White House funds by the NYPD for its religious and racial profiling activities. Today the Associated Press reported that the NYPD used federal funds to support its surveillance of Muslim communities with no suspicion of wrongdoing.

Feb
22
2012
NYCLU and ACLU Call For Investigation into NYPD Profiling of Muslims and Ethnic Groups

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to investigate religious and racial profiling by the New York Police Department. In the latest of a series of articles, the Associated Press reports that the NYPD spied on mosques and Muslim college students far outside New York City, without evidence or allegations of criminal activity.

Oct
6
2011
NYCLU Urges City Council to Investigate NYPD Spying on Muslim New Yorkers

The New York City Council must use its oversight authority to investigate the NYPD’s surveillance operations targeting Muslim New Yorkers engaged in no wrongdoing, the New York Civil Liberties Union will argue today in testimony before the council’s Public Safety Committee.

Oct
3
2011
Court Filing Seeks Information on NYPD Surveillance Targeting Muslims

The New York Civil Liberties Union and partnering civil rights attorneys today filed papers in federal court seeking information on the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in New York City to determine whether the spying operation violates an existing court order. The filing is part of the Handschu v. Special Services Division proceedings, a decades-old federal case that has produced a series of court orders regulating NYPD surveillance of political and religious activity.

Jun
22
2011
NYCLU Applauds Suffolk County Lawmakers for Rejecting Prepaid Cell Phone Registry

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Suffolk County Legislature for rejecting a bill that would have mandated the creation and maintenance of a prepaid cell phone registry in the county. The Legislature rejected the bill, I.R. 1266, Tuesday evening by a bipartisan vote of 7 to 11. The NYCLU’s Suffolk County Chapter had organized a coalition of more than 30 civil rights, immigrants’ rights, labor, social justice, community and interfaith organizations in opposition to the bill.

Jun
20
2011
Broad Coalition Urges Suffolk County Legislators to Oppose Prepaid Cell Phone Registry

A coalition of more than 30 civil rights, immigrants’ rights, labor, social justice, community and interfaith organizations today urged members of the Suffolk County Legislature to oppose a bill that would mandate the creation and maintenance of a prepaid cell phone registry in Suffolk County.

Apr
6
2011
State Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing Must Focus on Legitimate Public Safety Concerns, not Demonize Muslims

A State Senate committee hearing scheduled on Friday to purportedly examine homeland security issues must not be used as a forum to attack and demonize Muslim and immigrant New Yorkers, New York Neighbors for American Values, a coalition of more than 100 civic, labor and religious organizations, urged today in a letter to state Sen. Gregory R. Ball, R- 40th district, chairman of the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.

Apr
4
2011
Obama Administration to Prosecute 9/11 Suspects in Broken Military Commissions System

In a move that undermines civil liberties and the rule of law, the Obama administration today announced that it will prosecute the suspects accused of planning the 9/11 attacks in the Guantanamo military commissions system.

Apr
4
2011
Judicial Hearing on Whether New York State Must Investigate Gitmo Psychologist

On Wednesday in Manhattan, a hearing will be held before Justice Saliann Scarpula of the New York State Supreme Court to consider whether the state must investigate an ethics complaint filed against a New York State-licensed psychologist who allegedly designed and participated in the abusive interrogation program at Guantánamo Bay. It is the first court hearing in the United States to consider whether a psychologist’s participation in abusive interrogations could violate state ethical standards.

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