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BACKLASH Students Outraged at NYPD Spying David Duprey / AP Photo

Students Outraged at NYPD Spying

A spying program in the New York Police Department set off controversy after the Associated Press revealed Saturday that the department monitored Muslim students at universities across the Eastern U.S. Yale University objected to the NYPD cruising the Web pages of its Muslim student organizations, while Rutgers University also protested the surveillance, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for an investigation. An NYPD spokesman said the department wanted to gain a better understanding of what happened inside Muslim student groups, since 12 people who have been arrested on terrorism charges were originally members of similar organizations.

February 21, 2012 12:49 PM