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News reports that the New York Police Department, with the assistance of the CIA, has put university campuses and indeed entire communities across the Northeast under surveillance have shocked faculty, students, and citizens.
The CIA is not permitted to carry out such activities in the U.S., yet the NYPD “demographics unit” spied on hundreds of mosques, Islamic bookstores and Muslim campus organizations.
Rutgers is one among several universities (such as Columbia, CUNY, Yale, etc.) where students and faculty were monitored and spied upon. In fact, undercover NYPD officers had a “
The Rutgers AAUP-AFT, strongly oppose these activites. Such scrutiny of our faculty and students violates their academic freedom in the classroom and creates a chilling effect on free inquiry.
We, the Rutgers AAUP-AFT (American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers) strongly oppose these activities. No faculty member or student should be subject to violations of their privacy by governmental agencies based on their religion, race, or ethnicity.
Such scrutiny of our faculty and students violates their academic freedom in the classroom and creates a chilling effect on free inquiry. Infiltration of student groups violates their right to gather and assemble without state interference. These blatant violations of civil liberties must be stopped immediately. They are also contrary to everything the AAUP has been fighting for during its entire existence (see leading AAUP member Ellen Schrecker’s work on McCarthyism and its impact on the academy).
These modern-day witch hunts remind us of a dark period in American history. During the Cold War the “Communist menace” was used as the excuse to routinely carry out surveillance on political and civil rights organizations.
For instance, individuals such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and organizations such as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People were infiltrated and put under surveillance. We should learn the lessons of history and not condone such practices today. Such tactics not only violate civil liberties they also have devastating personal consequences for those viewed as “suspicious” simply because of their race, religion, or ethnicity.
where students and faculty were monitored and spied upon. In fact, undercover NYPD officers had a “safe house” in an off-campus apartment near the New Brunswick campus...