Muslim groups have had varied responses to the revelation that a special unit within the NYPD has been monitoring their houses of worship, student associations and businesses across the Northeast since 2007. Groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) feel the surveillance program unfairly targets their community and constitutes a civil rights violation, while the American Islamic Forum for Democracy has thanked the NYPD for "doing a lot of the work that we as Muslims should be doing, which is monitoring extremism, following extremism and helping counter the ideologies that create radicalization in our communities." CAIR has gone as far as to ask for the resignation of Commissioner Ray Kelly over the issue. Both the NYPD and Bloomberg administrations did not respond to requests for comment on this piece.
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