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Law may not be on Muslims' side in NYPD intel case

Muslims angry over New York police surveillance program find law may not be on their side By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Muslims in New York are complaining of discrimination by the New York Police Department's intelligence unit, but legal experts say the law may be on the department's side.

For several years police have run a secret surveillance program, eavesdropping on people in public places and writing reports detailing where different ethnic groups buy groceries, eat dinner and pray.

Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union says privacy laws have weakened since 9/11, making it harder for Muslims to go to court or force the police department to change its program.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the department's lawyers have thoroughly examined its surveillance program and are confident that it complies with a set of rules imposed in 2003 to regulate intelligence-gathering.

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