[Ppnews] CAIR to Call for Probe of Secret NYPD-CIA Program to Spy on Muslims

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-- MEDIA ADVISORY --

CAIR to Call for Probe of Secret NYPD-CIA Program to Spy on Muslims
AP investigation reveals CIA links to widespread monitoring of Muslim 
communities

(NEW YORK, NY, 8/24/11) -- Later today, the New York and New Jersey 
chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 
(CAIR-NY/CAIR-NJ) will hold a news conference in Manhattan to call on 
the Department of Justice to open an investigation into allegations 
that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is conducting a massive 
covert program to monitor the Muslim communities in those states.

Exposed this morning in a major media report, the NYPD spy program is 
allegedly being conducted with the assistance of individuals linked 
to the CIA.

WHAT: CAIR-NY/NJ News Conference to Call for DOJ Probe of NYPD-CIA Spy Program
WHEN: Wednesday, August 24, 2 p.m.
WHERE: 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 244, New York, NY
CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick, 203-206-6883, 
212-870-2002, E-Mail: cmcgoldrick at cair.com; CAIR-NJ Executive 
Director James Yee, 908-938-5990; E-Mail: jyee at cair.com; CAIR Staff 
Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, E-Mail: gabbas at cair.com

Following a months-long investigation, The Associated Press (AP) 
<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=95acjidab&et=1107292320438&s=59767&e=001ovCh5fxqqzcxbH-pFFTKE8Ola8nRLLEaEqHZ8DGcGSmHPrvjtMAkmlngnbatsA-LJtJxZfdEUGM5R3qAlfHmJW9vChfLkv7uXWBrlQqseCB7vGF9PlEsD07NFHq2vMidVbjdExalhDAhaIHe_QXvwhsDtNVSoK-l9ZdJyiiF2u45PQvGe2l62R60fKqEG54bmVKFxpVvNUeVOA1CVJjrHgERsLZSnH98xBoObuzLCSf9Tsh7v13Wp3l4rUC6bCD7oiKNigmMFbMHNTWIoMPVLeLITtfGnhuvMRZZarQhwbY93gbD-UeC901aZ91a6ynA>revealed 
that the NYPD is using covert surveillance techniques "that would run 
afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal 
government" and "does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a 
partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and 
domestic spying."

According to the AP investigative report:

"The [NYPD] has dispatched teams of undercover officers, known as 
'rakers,' into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping 
program, according to officials directly involved in the program. 
They've monitored daily life in bookstores, bars, cafes and 
nightclubs. Police have also used informants, known as 'mosque 
crawlers,' to monitor sermons, even when there's no evidence of 
wrongdoing. NYPD officials have scrutinized imams and gathered 
intelligence on cab drivers and food cart vendors, jobs often done by 
Muslims. Many of these operations were built with help from the CIA, 
which is prohibited from spying on Americans but was instrumental in 
transforming the NYPD's intelligence unit."

SEE: 
<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=95acjidab&et=1107292320438&s=59767&e=001ovCh5fxqqzcxbH-pFFTKE8Ola8nRLLEaEqHZ8DGcGSmHPrvjtMAkmlngnbatsA-LJtJxZfdEUGM5R3qAlfHmJW9vChfLkv7uXWBrlQqseCB7vGF9PlEsD07NFHq2vMidVbjdExalhDAhaIHe_QXvwhsDtNVSoK-l9ZdJyiiF2u45PQvGe2l62R60fKqEG54bmVKFxpVvNUeVOA1CVJjrHgERsLZSnH98xBoObuzLCSf9Tsh7v13Wp3l4rUC6bCD7oiKNigmMFbMHNTWIoMPVLeLITtfGnhuvMRZZarQhwbY93gbD-UeC901aZ91a6ynA>With 
CIA Help, NYPD Built Secret Effort to Monitor Mosques, Daily Life of 
Muslim Neighborhoods (AP)

"These revelations send the message to American Muslims that they are 
being viewed as a suspect community and that their constitutional 
rights may be violated with impunity," said CAIR National 
Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "The Justice Department must 
initiate an immediate investigation of the civil rights implications 
of this spy program and the legality of its links to the CIA."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy 
organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, 
encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American 
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

- END -

CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 
202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: ihooper at cair.com; CAIR 
Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, 
E-Mail: arubin at cair.com



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