"It all started in 2007, when I was pulled over by an unmarked NYPD car for no reason. I was arrested for a suspended license for an unpaid ticket. At the precinct, they sent a plainclothes Pakistani detective to interview me about my travels, my associations, and my religious and political beliefs.
A new report released this week, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims ,reveals how unwarranted surveillance programs based on racial and religious profiling have impacted New York’s Muslim communities, encouraging fear and mistrust of law enforcement.
Since 9/11, Muslims in New York City and other cities and states in the Northeast have faced a systemic pattern of surveillance by the NYPD, FBI and CIA, as documented by the Associated Press in 2011. As DRUM began organizing around and protesting discriminatory surveillance programs, an informant was sent into their organization to und
On Father's Day, forty thousand people marched in silence down Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy, which has been shown to lead to racial profiling.
RWG staff and members speak about the growing connections between surveillance, national security, immigration enforcement, privacy, and civil liberties in this new video from 20KFilms, created for the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALA-OIF) Privacy Revolution campaign and Choose Privacy Week in May 2012. The ALA explains: “The featured speakers ask important questions about the impact of the growing surveillance state on national security, civil liberties and privacy rights.
On May 9th, Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco signed into law the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance, which governs issues of transparacy, accountability, and civil rights in collaborations between local police and the FBI, particularly through the city's Join Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). The JTTF was created in 2007 between the FBI and local police, and allowed surveillance beyond the scope of what California and San Francisco laws allow. For example, the JTTF could conduct surveillance on individuals without suspicion of criminal activity.
The Supreme Court has unanimously found that using a GPS tracking device on a suspect's car without a warrant is unconstitutional and violates the 4th Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure. In most cases, law enforcement must get a search warrant before using GPS tracking and surveillance on a car.