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New York Drops Police Unit that Spied on Muslims, But Will it End Broader Profiling & Surveillance?

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http://www.democracynow.org - The New York City Police Department is disbanding a controversial spying unit that targeted Muslim communities. The so-called "Demographics Unit" secretly infiltrated Muslim student groups, sent informants into mosques, eavesdropped on conversations in restaurants, barber shops and gyms, and built a vast database of information. But after years of collecting information, it failed to yield a single terrorism investigation or even a single lead. We get reaction from Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York, who calls the unit's closure a "welcome first step," but says that "It's going to take years to undo the trauma that the American-Muslim community has endured." We are also joined by Matt Apuzzo, who was part of the Associated Press team that first revealed the extensive NYPD domestic surveillance program deployed in the wake of 9/11. The series won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Apuzzo is co-author of "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against America." Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,200+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET at http://www.democracynow.org. Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit http://owl.li/ruJ5Q. FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: @democracynow YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracynow Daily Email: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DemocracyNow Instagram: http://instagram.com/democracynow Tumblr: http://democracynow.tumblr Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/democracynow