First, they came for the Muslims...

Friday prayer service in Foley SquareAs previously reported on this blog, the NYPD has been monitoring Muslim communities, including student groups, without any reason to support the invasion of privacy. This should send a chill down everyone's spine. It is absolutely unbelievable that a police organization would "monitor" American citizens solely because of their religion. Not only did the New York Police Department spy on the local Muslim population,

(They) monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the elite Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania...

Just look at what was "monitored":

Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and 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.

Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Excuse me? How many times they prayed? Maybe the thinking is that the number of times prayed is directly proportional to how anti-American Muslims are. This is would be patently ridiculous if it weren't so frightening that Americans' civil liberties are being trashed so egregiously.

And get this! Here is the response by the police:

Asked about the monitoring, police spokesman Paul Browne provided a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges in the United States and abroad who had once been members of Muslim student associations.

Twelve arrests or convictions out of hundreds, perhaps thousands, who were "monitored" without just cause. TWELVE!

So let's extrapolate. Why don't we "monitor" every citizen in the United States (all 310 million of them)?! I'm sure spokesman Brown will get quite a huge number arrests or convictions utilizing that method, no? Now THAT will certainly keep the perpetually "monitored," determined-to-be-innocent citizens, safe! Maybe arrests or convictions from the universal monitoring of hundreds of millions would go up into the (Gasp!) thousands! That'll keep the good ol' U.S. of A. safe!

To sum it all up, sixty years ago there was a Red-Under-Every-Bed mentality (Communism was the threat to our bodily fluids back then). Now (at least according to the NYPD), every Muslim is a threat to our "National Security." Sadly, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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