Yale Muslim Students Dismayed By NYPD Monitoring

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Yale students Monday expressed dismay at revelations that the New York Police Department spied on the university's Muslim student association in 2006 and 2007.

"I think what is especially frightening is that we don't know what went on," said Faisal Hamid, vice president of the Yale Muslim Students Association. "We don't know the extent of these intelligence activities. … We don't know the extent of what's going on right now. If they can do this with a [Muslim Student Association], they can do it to any student group on campus."

Diala Shamas, who graduated from Yale Law School last year, said that beyond any legality questions, she would ask, "What sort of law enforcement purpose does this serve? What sort of chilling effect is it having on students' freedom of association and freedom of expression on campus?"

The Associated Press reported during the weekend that in 2006 and 2007, the NYPD's cyber-intelligence unit monitored the websites, blogs and forums of Muslim student associations at Yale, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and other universities and colleges in New Jersey and New York.

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