Muslims to Muslims: Don’t call the NYPD

Apparently the NYPD has been spying on New York Muslims for quite some time. Often they do so without any evidence of wrongdoing and the common rationale seems to make as much sense as praising a ‘prophet’ who raped children. Well, the Muslim community is getting fed up:

Muslim community leaders are openly teaching people how to identify police informants, encouraging them to always talk to a lawyer before speaking with the authorities and reminding people already working with law enforcement that they have the right to change their minds. Some members of the community have planned a demonstration for next week.

Good. This is what every group should be doing. Of course, we don’t want some groups to do this – gangs, mobs, other criminal organizations – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good legal strategy. In fact, given the utter lack of evidence the police have for their actions, I would say it’s one hell of a legal strategy. I’m glad these Muslims, even with their patently silly religious beliefs, are being pro-active. I hope they thwart these police efforts, eventually curbing the baseless spying.

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