CAIR seeks Senate hearing on ‘shocking’ report of NYPD spying on Muslims

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on what the Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization said is the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) “apparently unrestrained and unconstitutional multi-state monitoring and surveillance of law-abiding American Muslims engaged in almost every activity of normal daily life.”

CAIR issued that call in a letter to the committee after “shocking” revelations by the Associated Press (AP) that “Muslims who change their names to sound more traditionally American, as immigrants have done for generations, or who adopt Arabic names as a sign of their faith are often investigated and catalogued in secret New York Police Department intelligence files.”

CAIR press release, 26 October 2011

See also Associated Press, 26 October 2011