Civil Rights groups are demanding the New York Police Department to release intelligence records gathered on two Muslim men, which the groups claim were illegally obtained.  They plan to hold a press conference at noon in New York City on Tuesday.

The two men, Talib Abdur-Rashid, the imam of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood and the president of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York. , and Samir Hashmi, a former member of the Muslim Student Association at Rutgers University, both believe they were subject of illegal surveillance and profiling.  The NYPD has refused to give the two Muslim men the information they are requesting. Imam Abdur-Rahim and Hashmi both filled Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, requesting to see the evidence gathered by the NYPD.  They each have also submitted an Article 78 petitions, which allows them to challenge the NYPD activities in court.

It is no secret that since 9-11, Muslims in America have been targets of domestic surveillance program and religious profiling. Individuals, mosques, businesses, schools, student groups, and other groups and organizations have not been spared. New York City has been at the forefront of these accusations.  The Council on American-Islamic Relations will among the leading groups at tomorrow's event, which takes place at One Police Plaza in New York City at 12 noon.

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