No NYPD Spying on Brooklyn College
On August 24, 2011, the Associated Press reported that the New York Police Department has "become one of the nation's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies,targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government."
Further details of this surveillance were revealed on September 5 to include the surveillance of numerous Muslim student associations at colleges throughout the New York area. "The department calls the two student groups at Brooklyn and Baruch colleges 'of concern' and has sent undercover detectives to spy on them, the documents reveal....On the NYPD list of 42 top tier 'persons of interest' are... a lecturer at Brooklyn College." (Leonard Leavitt, "The NYPD Spies, Spooks, and Lies")
We, the members of the Brooklyn College community —faculty, staff, students, alumni and community allies— oppose the presence of the NYPD and affiliated agencies engaged in covert surveillance activities on our campus and call upon the Brooklyn College Administration to issue their own statement opposing these practices in the name of the safety of students, the safety of the faculty, and the principle of academic freedom.
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