What a Suprise…We’re Being Watched

600 pages of secret files were released Wednesday, May 16 by the New York Civil Liberties Union, who is suing the city on behalf of the demonstrators arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Details released reveal that the NYPD had been secretly surveilling various rappers, all of whom attended Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit. According to the documents, Jay-Z, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Alicia Keys were all on the list of those put under surveillance during the months leading up to the convention. The documents reveal that undercover NYPD officers infiltrated political meetings and monitored listservs for years before the Republican National Convention. The NYPD is accused of recording information about activity that was completely peaceful and lawful. Jay-Z and Diddy? These men are supposed to be hip hop’s elite. Alicia Keys? She doesn’t appear to be a threat to this nation’s security either, if you ask me. The fact that NYC officials tried to block these documents from going public honestly disturbs me. It is a shame that our country spends so much of its time looking in the wrong direction.
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