From the article:
The AP released a 2006 NYPD document along with its story last weekend. The document was marked with the word “SECRET” and titled “Weekly MSA Report,” prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. As the document’s name suggests, the surveillance was a regular practice in the NYPD, which has since 9-11 expanded its internal anti-terrorism activities.
Diala Shamas, a former Yale Law student who is now a legal fellow at a City University of New York School of Law program called CLEAR, or Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility, told me, “We’re talking about widespread and routine surveillance absent the pursuit of specific criminal leads. The policy has taken the NYPD to grocery stores, neighborhoods and also to student organizations—to all parts of communities’ daily lives.”
“We’ve got a generation of students who are growing up thinking that they can’t express themselves freely, that they always need to watch what they say,” Shamas added.
Hamid said that international students were struck with a particularly acute fear. “This was most pressing for international students because many of them have visas that could be compromised if there is a file with their name on it,” said Hamid. “If they cannot enter the country anymore, people have said, they’re lives would be ruined.”
Purely racist motivation in racial profiling a group of people for no other reason, except that they aren't heterosexual WASP's. Didn't the NYPD learn their lesson having to pay for lawsuits because of police misconduct?
If the NYPD or any other law-enforcement agency need to monitor groups for possible criminal activity, why aren't the white militias or separatists that have white men in fatigues running around the woods with guns? We know why THEY aren't under surveillance...