Brooklyn, NY - NYC Mayor: Nothing Wrong With NYPD's Muslim-Student Surveillance
Brooklyn, NY - Responding this morning to a question about the NYPD’s reported surveillance of Muslim student groups, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “I don’t know why keeping the country is safe is antithetical to the values of Yale.”
“Yale’s freedoms to do research, to teach, to give people a place to say what they want to say is defended by the law enforcement throughout this country,” said the mayor during the question-and-answer portion of a press conference at the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch this morning.
A recent A.P. report revealed that the N.Y.P.D. had monitored Muslim student groups, including at institutions like Yale, and had “even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.”
The president of Yale, Richard Levin, has since written a letter saying that “police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States.”
The mayor said he saw nothing wrong with any of it.
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