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NY court considers Cold War secrecy over Muslim surveillance

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By CHRIS CAROLA
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court will consider whether the New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance.

The Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Tuesday in the cases of two Muslims who say the NYPD overstepped its reach by responding to a 2012 records request related to the surveillance. The NYPD had said it could "neither confirm nor deny" the records even existed.

The lawsuits over that response were prompted by a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning stories by The Associated Press that detailed how the NYPD searched for possible terrorists after 9/11. Some of the department's methods included infiltrating Muslim student groups and putting informants in mosques.

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