Online Debate in NYTimes on Government Surveillance Cites CLEAR Report

Yesterday, the New York Times featured an online debate between Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, over the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance activities. During the discussion, Jaffer cites the recent report from CUNY School of Law’s Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims. Jaffer references the report’s conclusion that the “surveillance of Muslims’ quotidian activities has created a pervasive climate of fear and suspicion, encroaching upon every aspect of individual and community life.”

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Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims is based on in-depth interviews and presents an unprecedented collection of voices from affected community members. It documents the impact of NYPD surveillance on various aspects of religious, political, and community life. The report details how the NYPD’s extensive spying program creates a pervasive climate of fear and suspicion that encroaches upon every aspect of American Muslims’ lives and severs the essential relationship of trust that should exist between law enforcement agencies and the communities they are charged with protecting.

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