I’d call this an egregious violation of people’s rights:
The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.
Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.
Detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, although professors and students had not been accused of any wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
…There is no indication that, in the nearly four years since the report, the NYPD brought charges connecting City College students to terrorism.
If you’re waiting for the follow-up report that says NY police are secretly investigating and spying on rich, white evangelist students (who pray a lot and talk about religion all the time) looking for ties to radical domestic terrorism…ain’t gonna happen.