Bloomberg Does Not Apologize for Profiling

So at a Tuesday press conference, Mayor Bloomberg defended the NYPD surveillance of MSA’s in the Northeast and refused to acknowledge any sort of profiling:

“If going on websites and looking for information is not what Yale stands for, I don’t know,” said Bloomberg. “It’s the freedom of information … Of course we’re gonna look at anything that’s publicly available and in the public domain. We have an obligation to do so. And it is to protect the very things that let Yale survive.”

A reporter pointed out that recent reports indicate that the NYPD did more than look on websites, including the rafting trip.

The mayor responded: “The only whitewater rafting I’ve done I did with my daughter. I don’t think she has a lot of information that I was interested in in terms of her political views. It was a long time ago. I’m not sure at that time she had political views. She certainly does now.”

A lot of people are saying that the NYPD had every right to keep surveillance of MSA websites and blogs because they’re in the public domain– but that’s not the issue.  The issue is religious profiling, an idea summed up by Yale MSA’s vice president Faisal Hamid in this YDN article:

“Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks reveal a startling acceptance of religious profiling conducted by the NYPD,” said Faisal Hamid ’14, the Muslim Students Association’s current vice-president, in a Tuesday evening statement to the News on behalf of the organization. “Profiling on the basis of faith is just as wrong and unacceptable as profiling on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or any other identity and we hope that Mayor Bloomberg comes to realize this.”

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