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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Muslims in Birmingham England Targeted In Unlawful Surveillance Operation
A secret police operation to place thousands of Muslims living in Birmingham under permanent surveillance was implemented with virtually no consultation, oversight or regard for the law, a report found today.
Project Champion was abandoned in June after an investigation by the Guardian revealed police had misled residents into believing that hundreds of counter-terrorism cameras installed in streets around Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath were to be used to combat vehicle crime and antisocial behavior.
This is clearly a violation of their civil rights. Is the world becoming so intolerant that we are willing to violate the rights of an entire religious/ethnic group. Although I am not terribly familiar with U.K. law, I am certain that this is not and should not be tolerated.