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Targeted and entrapped: Why Ahmed Ferhani is a symbol of the NYPD’s abuses

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Ahmed Ferhani (on the left) in court with lawyer Lamis Deek. (Photo via DNAinfo.com) The controversial case of a Queens man accused of plotting a bombing attack on synagogues in New York City headed for a close yesterday, as Ahmed Ferhani pled guilty. Ferhani, an Algerian-born 27-year-old immigrant to the U.S., will likely get 10

Police informant who ‘crawled mosques’ looking for inflammatory rhetoric speaks out, denounces NYPD

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(Photo via ArabianBusiness.com) An undercover informant who is a 19-year-old Bengali-American has denounced his former work and says the New York Police Department (NYPD) instructed him to “bait” Muslims in New York into talking about terrorism. Shamiur Rahman was recruited by the NYPD in January after being arrested for the third time on misdemeanor marijuana

In leaked e-mail exchange, FBI official says NYPD intelligence activities are ‘felonious’

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(Photo via ArabianBusiness.com) A senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official called the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) intelligence activities “felonious” and a “violations of US citizen’s rights” in an e-mail message sent last November. The message, revealed by Truthout’s Jason Leopold and Matthew Harwood, was part of a trove of 5 million emails that

Lawyer’s verdict on NYPD surveillance of Muslims: unconstitutional

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Muslims and allies rally in New York’s Foley Sq. against NYPD spying on Muslims (Photo: CAIR-NY/Flickr) An official verdict remains out on the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) widespread surveillance of Muslims in the Northeast. But one lawyer, writing in The National Law Journal, proclaims the program unconstitutional. A judge will likely rule on the

New Jersey police were complicit in NYPD spying on Muslim communities

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Imam Mohammad Qatanani, center with the microphone. He was spied on by the NYPD and NJ state police (Photo: Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger) Aref Assaf, president of the American Arab Forum, insists he knew all along that New Jersey police were complicit in the New York Police Department’s program of spying on Muslim communities in the

Author Deepa Kumar on the imperial roots of anti-Muslim sentiment

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[Editor's Note: As part of our summer fundraiser we are excited to offer the book Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire as a thank you gift for donations over $60. Please consider giving today.] The term “Islamophobia” became known to Americans after the September 11 attacks. Whether it was efforts on the left to combat

City Council bill introduced to rein in ‘out of control’ NYPD abuses

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Activists gathered at a press conference called to announce the introduction of a bill that would create an Inspector General for the NYPD (Photo: Alex Kane) Squeezed and huddled on top of the steps of City Hall to escape the light rain, a diverse group of activists gathered to denounce New York Police Department (NYPD)

Activists fume as NJ attorney general finds NYPD broke no laws in spying on Muslims

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the right, with Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa When the Associated Press revealed that the New York Police Department (NYPD) spied on Muslim residents of Newark and mapped out where they eat, pray and work, the reaction from New Jersey officials was critical. “What we are discovering appears to be

House Dems slam NYPD spy program as throwback to ‘dark chapters’ in US history

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Muslims and allies rally in New York’s Foley Sq. against NYPD spying on Muslims (Photo: CAIR-NY/Flickr) A group of Congressional Democrats is challenging the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) program of spying on Muslims. An amendment and a separate bill were introduced last week in the House of Representatives that would have barred federal funds

Growing chill between Obama and Muslims could prove a headache in November

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President Obama speaking at an Iftar dinner during Ramadan at the White House (Photo: Associated Press) In April, as it does every year, the Arab American Institute (AAI) hosted the “Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity” awards in Washington, D.C. The institute, an organization that promotes Arab-American participation in political life, honored several groups, including the

Progressives to Jewish establishment: Ray Kelly doesn’t deserve support

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Donna Nevel, a leading activist in Jews Against Islamophobia, protests outside the Simon Wiesenthal Center. (Photo: Ryan Chavis/NYU) Earlier this year, the leadership of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York penned a fawning Op-Ed in favor of Ray Kelly, the head of the New York Police Department (NYPD). It was titled “The Case

NYPD helped Mort Zuckerman–8 years later, his paper shills for NYPD spying

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(Photo: Business Insider) Mortimer Zuckerman, the media mogul who owns the New York Daily News, is so well-connected that he once had New York Police Department (NYPD) intelligence agents conduct “counter-surveillance” of people who were following him (see Phil Weiss’ post for more). Considering the Daily News’ non-stop praise for whatever the NYPD does, it’s

NYPD surveillance document reveals spying on Palestine solidarity movement

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(Photo: Getty Images/Newsday) The Associated Press reveals today that New York Police Department (NYPD) intelligence agents traveled around the country and spied on a number of social justice groups and individuals, including those in the Palestine solidarity movement. The revelation, based on a 2008 police document the AP obtained, is the latest in their months-long

Peter King hypes Hezbollah threat to US

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  Representative Peter King (R-NY) knows of a new threat to US homeland security: the presence of “hundreds” of Iranian-backed Hezbollah operatives inside the US who could be used to commit terrorism. King held a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing yesterday on “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.” “As Iran moves closer

The Jewish establishment goes to bat for Ray Kelly and the NYPD

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(Photo: Robert Kalfus/Vos Iz Neias) From the halls of renowned academic institutions to the steps of New York’s City Hall, calls for the resignation of New York Police Department (NYPD) chief Ray Kelly have only grown louder in recent weeks. The demands for Kelly’s resignation come in response to the torrent of revelations published by

Muslim activists give NYPD chief Ray Kelly the cold shoulder

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD chief Ray Kelly (Photo: AP) Ray Kelly, the current head of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and a potential future mayoral candidate, has a problem. Month after month of revelations unearthed by the Associated Press (AP) has painted a damning picture of his police force’s massive and arbitrary spy

AP report: Federal counter-terror funds used for NYPD spying on Muslims

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President Obama and NYPD chief Ray Kelly meets with police officers and first responders at the First Precinct before visiting Ground Zero (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP) Outrage over the New York Police Department’s expansive spy program targeting Muslims has grown across the Northeast in recent days. The latest Associated Press (AP) revelation about the NYPD’s arbitrary

Newark mayor and Yale president slam NYPD spying program

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Fliers outside the prayer room at the Islamic Culture Center in Newark, N.J. (Photo: AP/Charles Dharapak) Has the New York Police Department (NYPD) finally overplayed its hand? As the steady drip of revelations from the Associated Press (AP) about the NYPD’s domestic surveillance program targeting Muslims continues, the reaction from New York City’s mayor has

New York’s Muslim community fights back against NYPD Islamophobia

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Muslims and allies rally in New York’s Foley Sq. against NYPD spying on Muslims (Photo: CAIR-NY/Flickr) Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a message to New York City’s Muslim community: don’t worry that the New York Police Department showed an anti-Muslim film to around 1,500 officers, because top cop Ray Kelly “probably visits more mosques” than many

The agenda behind the anti-Muslim film screened to NYPD: protecting Greater Israel

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Revelations that the New York Police Department (NYPD) showed 1,500 officers an Islamophobic film (Phil Weiss covered it here) filled with images of “Muslim terrorists” killing Christians and children is testament to how anti-Muslim sentiment has become the norm in law enforcement. But just as important to recognize is the right-wing Zionist agenda–protecting the Greater