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June 6th, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Muslims sue over New York police surveillance

By Kristina Sgueglia, CNN

(CNN) - New Jersey Muslims filed a lawsuit against the City of New York on Wednesday, accusing police of using unconstitutional tactics to spy on them in the years after September 11, casting an unwarranted shadow of suspicion on the community.

"The NYPD's program targeted innocent Americans solely based on their religious identity," said Farhana Khera, president and executive director of the legal advocacy group Muslim Advocates, which filed the suit on behalf of the eight plaintiffs.

"That's why we believe it is unlawful and needs to stop," Khera said.

Muslim Advocates says it wants an end to the department's "invasive and discriminatory" surveillance program, which it claims targeted at least 20 mosques, 14 restaurants, 11 retail stores, two grade schools and two Muslim student associations throughout New Jersey. The group also wants all related records from the covert program expunged, according to the complaint.

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According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, police were in compliance with overarching counterterrorism efforts and standards.

"I refer you to the New Jersey Attorney General's report and to the fact that NYPD activities in New Jersey were lawful, appropriate, and in keeping with efforts there, in New York, and around the world to prevent terrorists from returning here to kill more New Yorkers," Browne said in e-mail.

In May, after a three-month review, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa declared that New York police did not violate any laws when they carried out surveillance programs across state lines.

The details of the program emerged in August and included a 60-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, showing NYPD maps of Newark and photographs of Muslims' residences and mosques. There was no statement in the document regarding terrorism or criminal activity.

W. Deen Shareef of the Council of Imams in New Jersey, which is among the plaintiffs, said more people are uncomfortable with coming to the mosque to pray because they feel that they are being watched.

"People are concerned with going about their day-to-day life," Shareef said.

The owners of a Newark halal grocery store, also suing the city, say they lost a lot of regular customers since photographs of the market emerged in the report.

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"It has draped a blanket of suspicion over the Muslim-American community and over the people outside of the community that associate with its members," Shareef said.

Shareef, Khera and the other plaintiffs - including a decorated U.S. Army Reservist and a Rutgers College student - say they hope this lawsuit will help lift that blanket.

"What makes America great is that we don't treat each other differently based on on how someone looks or how someone prays," Khera said.

"The Constitution guarantees that every American can be treated equally under law, and we expect government officials to do the same."

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soundoff (677 Responses)
  1. Carl

    than move to another country

    June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • readthebook

      You're a liar – Bob Dylan

      June 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  2. Elliot

    Wanna stop being profiled? Stop being muslim.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • readthebook

      Want to have an intelligent conversation? Stop being stupid.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  3. Red

    Is it just me or has someone else noticed Muslims never had much of a footprint? Not till 9/11. Now it's muslim in everything.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • derp

      They make up less than 1% of the population.

      They just make for a good boogeyman, so the media keeps them in the forefront.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • readthebook

      It's just your paranoia Red. Just as when mcCarthy was coming after you.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Not a Scholar

      2.1 BILLION Muslims in the world I think you need to rethink your statistics. The largest religion in the world. Keep thinking. 2.1 % of America. Not so much thinking for that one. But don't just look at America. We are not all that in the world.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Red

      Not paranoid Read the book. Just Muslims alll over wanting their way wherever they go. And when did you become a psychiatrist? Stop trying to analyze people. You suck at it. Or maybe you just suck.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  4. southernwonder

    what the muslims want to prove is that they can use our liberal system to turn against us. it is the legal equivalent of them driving our own planes into our own buildings after learning how to fly from us.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • readthebook

      And how is it that you generalized the McVeighs and other Oklahoma City bombers? Oh wait, you looked and thought like them...........

      June 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  5. MobiusEight

    "What makes America great is that we don't treat each other differently based on on how someone looks or how someone prays," Khera said."

    This has never been true in practice in any country. Religious and ethnic bias has always been and always will be an issue. Welcome to Earth, enjoy your stay.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  6. Muslim

    This country belong to Muslim Americans as much as it belong to Christian Americans. Nobody can tell nobody to go back et al. What if I tell Christian Americans to go back to England or Italy or wherever they originated.

    I find most comments here based on profound ignorance, hate, bigotry and prejudice. It might help if you learn something about Islam first. We denounce all acts of violance and terrorism; includng those by religious extremists (including al-qaida, hamas and what not) as well as those sponsored by sovereign states.

    Unfortunately it is many of you who are not willing to condemn the acts of terrorism done from you end; including those done by Israel to Palestinians, and those done by the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or those done through support of many of the illegal regimes in some of the Arab countries such as Saudia and Bahrain. Many of your comments show the hatred and bigotry that walks the street these days.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Ted

      Do you condem the terrorist acts by your muslism radicals by financing them?

      June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Red

      Buuuuurp!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • derp

      "Do you condem the terrorist acts by your muslism radicals by financing them?"

      This would be a good question if it made any sense at all.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Carl

      that'as why you need to move

      June 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Ted

      You know well what I am talking about. If you really condem them then stop financing them. Report the activities of radicals in your midts to police. Then we'll start taking you seriously.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • max3333444555

      this country belongs to Americans. end it there. the adding of muslim and christian just makes your statement wrong and bigotted

      June 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Ted and Carl

      People like you are the reason I say that I'm Canadian when I travel abroad.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Muslim

      Ted and Derp, Neither I nor any other muslim I know (and I know many) provide any kind of funding to any fundamental organizations. So please get over that ignorance. Please stop the bigotry and the lies. Hatred leads to hatred. So please stop spreading hatred.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  7. Common sense

    Before everyone starts clamoring that Muslims are the ones starting wars please do some simple research. It was the Cristian west that invaded pretty much all Muslim countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Ottoman Empire, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Pakistan) and had a monopoly on middle eastern Oil until the 1970's ( Saudi Arabia, and Iran) just some perspective to the short memories everyone seems to have. Muslim dominated countries have only fought internally and compared to the amount of wars and invasions led by Europeans and Americans would be considered hippies. And don't tell muslims to "assimilate" many came here before 9-11 and own their own enterprises, many are doctors and engineers.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • doughnuts

      You are completely ignorant of history, so stop telling others they know nothing about it.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • max3333444555

      no – as much as ive posted saying that the rabid posts on here should not condemn an entire religion – the same applies to you. the "christian west" as you call it is just as bad as condemning all muslims. shame on you as well

      June 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  8. hakeem

    Wait a minute, i thought it was my young black brothers being targeted by NYPD last month. Didn't they arrest 107% ? Now some muslim group is suing. Wait I'm young black and a muslim in NYC and I have never been arrested nor have I ever been stopped by a policeman. But then again I'm not an idiot.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • derp

      This was a lot more interesting the first time you posted it.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  9. mark

    Quit being responsible for the majority of the worlds terrorist acts, then maybe we'll stop profiling you.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • mike

      It's not profiling. It is outstanding police work based on facts from terrorist events.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  10. Freedom Fascist

    Your freedom is gone America, and it died to you cheering and hollering about it. Good for you.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Too Much

      So sad that people cheer the loss of freedom....

      June 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  11. newyorkstuff

    We are appropriately still going berserk 11 years after 9/11, but nobody understands why Europe was so very anti-this and anti- that throughout the 20s, 30, and 40s. Those folks witnessed the Bolshevik revolution presented by a cabal that killed nine million, executed the greatest redistribution of wealth in history, and bayonetted four little girls of the royal family. We are still scared today but we can't understand why Europeans were scared to death back then?

    June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  12. jstout511

    Radical Muslims seem to be a significant percentage of "home-grown" terrorists. I've not read that the Muslim community at-large is providing information to authorities about the activities of the radicals among them. If this is happening, I believe it would be very helpful to non-Muslim Americans to learn about such activity and acts of patriotism. At the same time, this knowledge would benefit the the Muslim community by decreasing the perception of threat from them.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • max3333444555

      On the other hand it may be dangerous to divulge this info...

      June 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  13. mike

    WHen the terrorists that are trying to destroy anything non-muslim are not Muslims, then it is not profiling. It is ouutstanding police work. You would not track a black person if witnesses say the perp was white would you? Another frivolous lawsuit.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  14. ICURPNT

    I applaud what you say, but now Walk the Talk. America is STILL waiting for all Muslims who believe in peace to step-up against that .0003 percentile who create havoc and mistrust in the world. We do not see it. Inform your brethren of possible cells that thwart peace, and we will begin the trust process.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Too Much

      Do you honestly think american muslims have ties to terrorists overseas? Are you white? and if so do you have ties to the KKK or to westboro baptists?

      June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • mike

      They won't. Just like the Latinos/Mexicans won't tell us who is illegal or not so we can deport them and protect our country.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • mark

      too much – you are obviously missing his point. Not even the 'americanized' muslims, at least the majority of them, never speak up about the evil the so called minority continually does. Even the Christian church comes out almost immediately when one of their own does something evil. Not that I'm defending christianity because frankly their turning into the American taliban, but the writing is on the wall when it comes to muslims in general. They have a minority that want peace that is so far away from what the majority want and show they want every day by their actions and silence when those actions take place.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  15. Kenneth Godfrey

    Now why would NY cops think that it was necessary to place survellance on Muslins? Uh, 9/11?

    June 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • mike

      Amen!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  16. Reality

    ONLY FOR THE NEW MEMBERS OF THIS BLOG-

    And the safe solution for all concerned especially for our sister and brother Muslims:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi--–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    June 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Reality

      FOR THOSE WHO ARE "READING CHALLENGED":

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      prob•a•bly

      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      Added details upon request.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  17. Tammy

    WOW! Some of these comments are rediculous, You should be ashamed to call yourselves americans. Everytime theres a crime committed and its a muslim, religion becomes the reason. Did you all ever just think that person was crazy. The oklahoma bomber was a christian so he said, did we condemn christianity, ofcourse not. The KKK were all whites with all the evil they did throughout time, is it fair for everyone not like them to look at all whites and assume they are KKK. This is why America has so many unheard of disasters lately, because this is a selfish country. Its ok to express hate as long as you look the way America thinks you should. CUT IT OUT PEOPLE!!!

    June 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Reality

      As the KORANIC/MOSQUE driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "
      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.
      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Truth

      Strange your attack is only on white people!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • mike

      Tammy, their actions are all based on their religion. They preach rhat any person who is not a muslim is an infidel all under the guise of the Koran. So the bottom line is that a lot of them are religious fanatics and want to wipe out the other religions.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Reality

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles as of 09/15/2011/, 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed mostly due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      – Ditto for Anwar al-Awlaki on September 30, 2011

      – Ditto for Abu Yahya al-Libi on June 5, 2012

      June 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • max3333444555

      exactly. being part of a religion that happens to have had some bad people doesnt give us the right to condemn them all. the fear-mongering has been really sickening.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  18. Too Much

    We lose our liberty at the cost of "security" and the masses applaud! The question is...how much freedom are you willing to lose in the name of security? If we don't have freedom then there is nothing unique about the U.S. Our freedoms are what the extremists hate....so we let them win by taking freedom away from americans. Just keep feeding big brother....one day at a time. You might look at things differently when its your liberty being taken away.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • rick

      when the muslim "charities" and islamic centers in the US, not to mention the mosques, stop raising money for hezbollah and other terrorist organizations dedicated to killing americans, like the marines in Lebanon in 1983 and the "insurgents" in Iraq and Afghanistan dedicated to the killing of Americans, your comments will no longer be "Too Much", Too Much. The lawsuit is not well founded and only in America would it be tolerated. Complain to your Imams about teaching hatred and that killing infidels is rewarded with paradise and stop calling murderers "martyrs" and you may gain the respect and status that you seek.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  19. Ted

    Now, the muslims want to sart a new legal war against the US. What if the families of the more than 3000 Americans killed in the terrosrist attack sue all the muslims? They would be better off asking their jihadhst btothers and sisters to stop with their terrorism acts so they can enjoy more freedom in the country that welcomes them. Blame it on your radicalist muslims brothers and sisters.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • mike

      That would mean they would have to wake up to reality and hold their own religion accountable. Not going to happen anytime soon.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • max3333444555

      no, it means you would have to show cause and damaged from a specific group or individual rather than a religion. our laws dont work the way you propose. consitution – ever hear of it?

      June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  20. jane

    Whenever an overweight aging white man with double chins speaks I know they are lying. Beware the fat white liars. And the Sara Palin types. So gitchy and pat!! White folk are the big liars!! Ashamed of them!

    June 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Truth

      Not much of a racist are you

      June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Red

      Sound like a thick black girl.

      June 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
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