Plaintiff Asad Dandia at a Press Conference (Source: wnyc.org)

Plaintiff Asad Dandia at a Press Conference (Source: wnyc.org)

The NYPD is being taken to federal court by a group of Muslim New Yorkers, which includes a Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) student, over what they allege was an illegal spying sting. WNYC is reporting that 20-year-old Asad Dandia, the Kingsborough student, has joined the suit, which charges that the NYPD violated his constitutional rights as a law-abiding citizen in the surveillance program.

The controversial program in question came to light in a series of investigations conducted by the Associated Press. Besides the alleged illegality of the operation, the lawsuit addresses the consequences that the program has had on imams now more hesitant to discuss current affairs in their mosques. The NYPD action also has frayed relations between local Muslims and the police.

The WNYC report describes Dandia’s interaction with an undercover officer and the supposed hypocrisy of comments made by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly:

One of the plaintiffs, Asad Dandia , a 20-year-old Kingsborough Community College student who co-founded a Muslim service organization, found out last year that a man who had befriended him and joined his group was secretly working as an informant for the NYPD.

Dandia said it was ironic to hear NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly criticize the secrecy of the federal NSA surveillance program in an interview in Tuesday’s New York Post. “It’s like, be a man of your principle, right? If you’re going to condemn one form of surveillance, you should take a look at your own backyard,” he said after a press conference outside NYPD headquarters.

In response to the suit, the NYPD defended itself by stating that there is nothing unlawful about officers attending events open to the public and using information they gather to fight terrorism.

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  • ShadowLock

    Sooo they are saying that all Muslims are terrorists? That’s kinda cruel…. then again…. who am i to judge, i think anyone who stands by religion is a terrorist. :/ i don’t discriminate, whether your Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Buddhist or worship Cthulhu, All Terrorists in my eyes…. First terrorist attack , a Childs Mind at an early age (where they can be easily corrupted)

    • PharmDoc7

      History has shown time and time again, that unpopular minority groups are always employed as a catalyst to accomplish various machinations of the state. Now that the domestic spygrid has been openly admitted, the government no longer needs to scapegoat Muslims, in order to justify their DHS domestic tyranny brigades, which has always been meant for red blooded Americans. I mean even the CIA admits, they are going to spy on us through our dishwasher, and cable box. Its great to see people standing up for freedom, and exposing the ludicrous practices of these so called authorities.

  • Tuth

    What exactly do they allege the NYPD did illegal? It is not illegal to spy on someone if it’s in a public place. It is also not illegal to befriend someone under false pretenses. It doesn’t seem like any private property such as cell phones or computers were broken into. Are they just angry about being profiled?

  • Joseph

    He wasn’t arrested, and his liberty was not taken in any way. His claim is very weak.