ACLU Sues NYPD, Claims Surveillance Prevents Muslims from Practicing their Religion by Inciting Terror


This is just tragic. It’s the worst violation of religious freedom since the NYPD prevented a voodoo cult from practicing human sacrifice. I’m still waiting for the ACLU to sue over the imprisonment of a Christian filmmaker for uploading a trailer to YouTube. I imagine I’ll be waiting for a very long time.

In a lawsuit being filed Tuesday, the lawyers say the spying has hindered residents from freely practicing their religion. It is the third significant legal action filed against the NYPD Muslim surveillance program since details of the spy program were revealed in a series of Associated Press reports in 2011 and 2012.

The lawsuit says Muslim religious leaders in New York have modified their sermons and other behavior to not draw additional police attention.

If your sermons have content that you don’t want police listening to, there might just be something wrong with your sermons or your religion.

This isn’t like reading someone’s private mail. This is a message that a religious leader gives to his congregation. If there’s something in the message that makes the police think “KABOOM” then that’s an admission of something wrong in the entire system of that religion.

According to the ACLU press release, “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.”

CUNY is a black hole funded by city and state taxpayers. And they’re being forced to fund a pro-terrorist lawsuit by a CUNY affiliate against them. It’s yet another argument for defunding CUNY and letting its horde of bigoted faculty and illiterate students rely on donors.

The landmark lawsuit charges that the NYPD’s Muslim Surveillance Program has imposed an unjustified badge of suspicion and stigma on hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers.

Unjustified? Really? How many terror plots and corpses do we need before it’s justified?

“When a police department turns law-abiding people into suspects because they go to a mosque and not a church or a synagogue, it violates our Constitution’s guarantees of equality and religious freedom,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project. “No one questions that the NYPD has a job to do, but spying on innocent New Yorkers because of their religion is a wrong and ineffective way to do it.”

Considering the number of terror plots the NYPD has broken up through such methods, it’s obviously effective.

Oh and a number of those plots targeted synagogues. So thank you NYPD and keep up the good work.

Imam Hamid Hassan Raza, spiritual leader of Brooklyn’s Masjid Al-Ansar mosque, has been taping his sermons for years because he is afraid an undercover officer or NYPD spy will misquote him or take a portion of a sermon out of context, subjecting him and his mosque to even more law enforcement scrutiny. After plainclothes officers visited him repeatedly for no reason, he has also stopped mentioning topics that the NYPD might consider controversial, and urges congregants to do the same. Raza has seen a steep decline in mosque attendance as a result of the Muslim Surveillance Program.

“I don’t talk to my congregants about current affairs or religious subjects the NYPD may find objectionable because I’m afraid of further police attention. The surveillance program has prevented me from fulfilling my duty as an imam,” Raza said.

Oddly Raza does not seem interested in elaborating on these subjects that he will not discuss.

  • David Thompson

    Xenophobia/Islamophobia – Christianity/Judaism and all the phobias should be under constant surveillance too. Religion, all of it, is an anathema.

    • herb benty

      Your atheism is blinding you. The REAL GOD loves us and is no way comparable to demonic Islam. You are not accountable to anyone, I guess you are having a great time being your own god. Even faced with Eternity, you won’t repent and get to know your Creator, will you?

      • David Thompson

        Herb you are just plain silly.

    • bribri

      religion is entertaining and can be good for children and even some grown ups.

      islam is stupid, maddening, cruel and totalitarian like nazism and communism were without the need for a god.

    • ziontruth

      You know, if you read through the news of the world at large for a few minutes, you’d realize all religions today are at peace with the exception of one conspicuous troublemaker (the one you can’t stop hearing news of).

      But sure, go ahead and say all religions are the same…

      • David Thompson

        Yes the Zionists are not at fault for the Palestinian conflict. The Christians play no role in the African blood baths. India has no Hindu problems. The Burma Buddhist Islam conflict is all a Muslim problem. Wherever you go religion is a problem. Does Islam have a problem — yes. But religion is the problem. Religion thinks it has all the answers for everyone and the bigger the religion, the bigger the problem that it causes worldwide. Now you might consider reading more.

        • ziontruth

          “Yes the Zionists are not at fault for the Palestinian conflict.”

          Correct. The Arab colonists wishing to rob the indigenous Palestinians—the Jews—of their self-determination are at fault for it.

          “The Christians play no role in the African blood baths.”

          Look up “Boko Haram,” it might larn you something.

          “India has no Hindu problems.”

          Whatever Hindu problems they have don’t seep outside India. The same can’t be said for the Muslims—that’s the way you get Chechens bombing Boston.

          “The Burma Buddhist Islam conflict is all a Muslim problem.”

          Most certainly it is. Here’s a hint: If members of another religion have a problem coexisting with Buddhists, you can be sure the Buddhists are not the problematic party here. Buddhism is far more deserving of being called a religion of peace.

          “Religion thinks it has all the answers for everyone…”

          Just like atheist fanatics such as Richard Dawkins. Or you.

          An atheist defending Islam (not directly, but indirectly through moral equivalence—makes no difference). Now there’s an example of monumental stupidity if there ever was one.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Your generalizations are useless. Your sarcasm isn’t even funny. You’re wasting your own time when you should be searching for a more comprehensive understanding of the things you propose to criticize.

          Bluff failed.

        • OfficialPro

          Buddhists are by ideology very loath to cause suffering, and as well they abhor violence on principle. If Buddhists are becoming violent, there is a darn good reason for it, the reason being, if they don’t, they’ll be mowed down by jihadis. Simple survival issue, really.

          It’s the pacifism of Tibetan Buddhists that prevents them from rising up against China in any meaningful way (because China is ruled by people that don’t give a f***). But the Chinese Occupation is way different from the problems faced by Burmese Buddhists.

          • David Thompson

            Sounds passive in Burma:

            Right-wing Buddhist leading the campaign to force Muslims out of Burma says he wants his group ‘to be like the English Defence League’

            Venerable Wirathu is leader of Burma’s ‘969’ campaign to boycott Muslims

            He was jailed for nine years in 2003 for inciting anti-Muslim violence.

            Clearly a one-sided Muslim issue against the passive Tibetan Buddhists.

            Again, I don’t care for the things that a small minority of Muslims do (and it is a very small minority, when you figure there are 1.5 billion Muslims), but the problems with world religions are broad. They all cause problems.

          • Drakken

            The EDL in Britain have had enough of the muslims raping your women and children, killing soldiers in broad daylight and are pointing it out to the rest of you useful idiots of the left. The Buddists in Burma have had enough of islam and are leading the way in how to deal with the muslim problem, soon to come to a neighborhood near you. Your going to find out the hard way how your all things and cultures are equal when it is very clear that they are not.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Xenophobia/Islamophobia – Christianity/Judaism and all the phobias should be under constant surveillance too. Religion, all of it, is an anathema.”

      Who’s the xenophobe? Got a mirror handy?

      • David Thompson

        Christians are the xenophobes. If people don’t match up with their puerile ways of thinking about the world they are considered outsiders.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Christians are the xenophobes”

          Too bad you can’t find that mirror.

          “If people don’t match up with their puerile ways of thinking about the world they are considered outsiders.”

          Oh no. not outsiders. Are they considered “other?” Help us all! We’re being “othered!”

          You’ll just love Islam.

  • meglvsJC

    Poor lil baby He feels like he can’t practice his “religion” with out harassment and persecution..Taqqiya spouting fool! Hypocrisy at it’s finest..Better pack up Hamid go back home.


    Let’s hope and pray that real Americans use their hunting rifles on the ACLU….

  • LEL817

    Conservatives might want to think twice about finding common cause with the ACLU, Glen Greenwald and Rand Paul. These are folks that also oppose surveillance specifically targeted at the muslim community. They aren’t trying to protect ordinary Americans from government overreach, they are protecting terrorists.

    • Jakareh

      I agree. At least when it comes to the stealth jihad, so-called libertarians are part of the problem.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The NYPD is routinely violating the civil rights of Muslims across New York City by operating an unconstitutional religious profiling and suspicionless surveillance program…”

    Wrong. I guess fighting the Nazis was “unconstitutional.”

  • William James Ward

    As long as Chief Kelly is working there will be surveliance of Islamist
    subversives. The point is he is responsible for the safety of the people
    of NYC and he takes that seriously no matter what the politics look like.
    Doomberg is a disaster but Kelly so far has done a good job and has
    a fight on his hands with the leftist rats infesting all five Boroughs.
    The police will not divulge what they have to do and this is only right,
    they protect thier own people and politics has no place in safety with
    obvious threats from a death cult…………………….William

  • DogmaelJones1

    Daniel, you’ve got it all wrong. It’s the AMISH who are leaving corpses all over the place, and clogging up Madison Avenue every Friday in a mass butt-raising to their Moon God. They look like Muslims, but they’re AMISH in disguise! They’re the ones the NYPD should be watching! The AMISH are very, very devious. Their chosen weapon of mass destruction is the horseshoe.

    • OfficialPro

      I thought it was their delicious pies of diabetes.

  • OfficialPro

    if the cops listening to the sermons results in them not being able to exercise their religion properly, then it’s obvious that preaching violent Jihad is in fact, full expression of their religion properly!

    Stupid ACLU.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “if the cops listening to the sermons results in them not being able to exercise their religion properly, then it’s obvious that preaching violent Jihad is in fact, full expression of their religion properly!”

      What they’ll say is that they can’t talk about spiritual jihad without being accused of plotting to blow things up. You know. spiritually speaking.

  • Tom Lewis

    Now there’s a really hypocritical organization – the ACLU. They are suing the NSA for violating all of our Rights regarding the PRISM software utilization, but then turn around and sue the NYPD for protecting all of us from Muslin Terrorist. OK lets have it your way with one provision. I do like my freedom, and if muslin terrorist have the right to kill Christians and Jews, then I want the freedom and equal protection to return the favor to Muslin Terrorist without government interference. Call it the Fifth Christian Crusade. The moment the NYPD can’t do it’s job, is when I should be able (along with a couple million Christians) to protect and defend against Muslin Terrorist. Is that OK with the ACLU?