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The obvious question would be, why would moderate Muslims oppose counter terror techniques that would lead to the capture of jihadists in their midst? Whose side are they on?

A Muslim group that filed a lawsuit against NYPD counter terror programs  and lost did not succeed in imposing Islamic law on our intel/law enforcement departments. A rational judge ruled for self-preservation and defense of the homeland.

The lawsuit was a supremacist attempt to end NYPD counter-terror efforts. But Judge Martini soundly ruled:

“The police could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself. … The motive for the program was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding Muslims.”

But as in all these lawsuits, they never end. Of course, the Muslim group is appealing.  Litigation jihad goes on and on until they find a dhimmi or a craven quisling in power, like a Bill de Blasio who shares a subversive agenda.

“Muslims who sued NYPD over spying at New Jersey mosques file appeal, turn to Mayor de Blasio,” Daily News, March 21, 2014
‘The judge has said all Muslims can be treated as second-class citizens.’ The plaintiffs are taking the next step after Newark Federal Judge William Martini dismissed their claim that the spying was unconstitutional.

Muslim-Americans who sued over NYPD spying at New Jersey mosques are embarking on a new two-pronged strategy in their fight against the surveillance.

The plaintiffs in the case will file an appeal Friday, a month after a judge dismissed their claim that the Police Department spying was unconstitutional because it focused on religion.

Beyond that, they’re turning up the heat on Mayor de Blasio.

“Today we take this important legal fight against police discrimination to the next round,” said Glenn Katon, legal director of Muslim Advocates, an organization representing the plaintiffs, referring to the appeal of the lawsuit’s dismissal.

The court battle involves surveillance practices launched under the Bloomberg administration.

Starting in 2002, the NYPD snooped on ordinary people in at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, two grade schools and other locations, according to the lawsuit filed in 2012.

Now that de Blasio has turned the tide on stop-and-frisk, the controversial police policy criticized for racial profiling, he should also scrap NYPD spying on Muslims, said Baher Azmy, legal director for the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which is also representing the plaintiffs.

Ismael el-Shikh stands in a prayer room at the Islamic Culture Center in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Americans in New Jersey’s largest city were subjected to surveillance as part of the New York Police Department’s effort to build databases of where Muslims work, shop and pray. The operation in Newark was so secretive, even the city’s mayor says he was kept in the dark. For months in mid-2007, plainclothes NYPD officers snapped pictures of mosques and eavesdropped in Muslim neighborhoods. The result was a 60-page report, obtained by The Associated Press. It cited no evidence of crimes. It was just a guide to Newark’s Muslims. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Charles Dharapak/ASSOCIATED PRESSIsmael el-Shikh stands in a prayer room at the Islamic Culture Center in Newark, N.J. The lawsuit says the NYPD spied on ordinary people in mosques, restaurants, grade schools and other areas, starting in 2002.

“The de Blasio administration has already disavowed racial profiling in the context of stop-and-frisk,” Azmy said. “We certainly hope it disallows religious profiling in the case of Muslim surveillance as well. These are equivalent and illegal practices.”

In tossing out the lawsuit in February, Newark Federal Judge William Martini said there was no evidence the NYPD’s intelligence unit chose its targets “solely because of their religion.”

“The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies,” Martini wrote. “The police could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself.”

“The motive for the program was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding Muslims,” the judge added.

The ruling outraged many civil rights advocates and frustrated Farhaj Hassan, a plaintiff in the case and a U.S. soldier who completed a tour in Iraq, he told The News this week.

The 37-year-old Army reservist said mosques he attended were spied on.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiAlec Tabak/for New York Daily NewsThe plaintiffs say the de Blasio administration’s policy changes regarding stop-and-frisk should disallow profiling in Muslim surveillance too.

“Myself and other Muslim-Americans have dedicated their lives to the U.S. and the actions by the NYPD aren’t indicative or reflective of the America we chose to serve,” Hassan said. “The judge has said all Muslims can be treated as second-class citizens.”

The soldier from Helmetta, N.J., said he believes the appeal will succeed.

“We have the truth on our side,” Hassan said.

When the suit was dismissed, the de Blasio administration declined to comment.

“This is an incredibly important appeal,” Azmy said. “It challenges a ruling that approved large-scale discrimination against an entire population group. Every day the ruling stands it represents a deep insult to our clients and all Muslim-Americans.”

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