Greenwald: The NYPD spying controversy: a microcosm for the 9/11 era

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The NYPD spying program exposed by Associated Press may be the most flagrant instance in the War on Terror where "being Muslim" is overtly equated by a government agency to being a Terror threat. It is beyond question that huge numbers of completely innocent, law-abiding people -- and the institutions to which they belong and even the businesses they patronize -- were extensively surveilled and infiltrated for no reason whatsoever other than their religious and/or ethnic identity. That includes a small Newark school for African-American Muslim children in the first to fourth grades as well as every Halal restaurant that could be located. And in the ensuing fallout we find a perfect microcosm for how War on Terror civil liberties abuses have not only endured, but continue to thrive domestically, more than a full decade after the last successful Terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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