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Jun
18
2013
Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program as Unconstitutional

The NYPD is routinely violating the civil rights of Muslims across New York City by operating an unconstitutional religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance program, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by New York City residents represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project of Main Street Legal Services, Inc. at CUNY School of Law.

Jun
11
2013
ACLU, NYCLU File Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of NSA Phone Spying Program

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union today filed a constitutional challenge to a surveillance program under which the National Security Agency vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, from, or to the United States. The lawsuit argues that the program violates the First Amendment rights of free speech and association as well as the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment. The complaint also charges that the dragnet program exceeds the authority that Congress provided through the Patriot Act.

May
28
2013
NY’s High Court to Hear NYCLU Challenge to GPS Tracking of State Employee’s Personal Car

The state’s highest court will tomorrow hear arguments in a New York Civil Liberties Union case challenging New York State’s warrantless planting of a GPS tracking device on a government employee’s personal car. The device, planted as part of an investigation into workplace misconduct, tracked the whereabouts of 30-year Department of Labor employee Michael Cunningham and his family on their personal car for at least a month, including during evenings, weekends and while the family went on vacation out of state.

Feb
4
2013
Court Filing Seeks to End NYPD Surveillance of Muslim Community

Partnering civil rights attorneys today filed papers in federal court seeking to stop the NYPD from creating dossiers on innocent Muslim New Yorkers and end the Police Department’s ability to initiate investigations into Muslim New Yorkers when there is no belief that they have engaged or are about to engage in unlawful activity or an act of terrorism. The filing is part of the Handschu v. Special Services Division proceeding, a decades-old federal case that has produced a series of court orders regulating NYPD surveillance of political and religious activity.

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.

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