NYPD monitors Americans as part of secret program

Associated Press
In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, Leo Santini, whose Egyptian name was originally Mohamed Hussein before he legally changed it, is interviewed in his Steinway Street coffee shop, which has in the past been under scrutiny by the New York Police Department, in the Astoria neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. The New York Police Department subjected American citizens to surveillance and scrutiny, not because of any wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity. Documents obtained by The Associated Press describe a secret program known as the Moroccan Initiative, which catalogued where people of Moroccan ancestry shopped, ate and prayed. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Documents show the New York Police Department subjected American citizens to surveillance and scrutiny – not because of any wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity as part of a secret program known as the Moroccan Initiative. (AP)

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