September 22, 2011, 2:35 PM — One day soon the New York Police Department is going to have to change the image on its badges to be a little more honest than the classical and democratic-looking image of the city's official seal that they bear now.
Maybe they could move the white colonist "Dexter" (no kidding) around to the same side as the Indian Lenape, maybe hidden behind the eagle so he can keep an eye on the Indian (who is armed; he has a bow), or just arrest him for having the potential to be a suspicious character.
Or maybe the NYPD could replace the windmill-arms in the middle of the seal with a camera lens, or giant eye, just to make clear to the people of New York that the police department is always watching them, whether it's legal to do so or not.
The Associated Press is reporting that the NYPD, since at least 2003 have run a regular, persistent surveillance program over anyone they found suspicious, nearly all of whom turned out to be Moslem groups, Middle-Easterners or people suspected of being swarthy.
Under a plan called the Moroccan Initiative, the NYPD send undercover cops to take pictures of restaurants where Moroccans ate, watched and documented where Moroccans bought groceries, which hotels they used, where they prayed and whether a site it was watching served "religious Muslims" or just the regular kind.
Documents obtained by the AP show a pattern of suspicion and surveillance of Moslems, especially Moroccans, during which the NYPD documented the routine process of any immigrant to find an apartment, friends, place to pray and live.
One U.S. citizen it was watching, a Police file noted, worked in "a known Moroccan barbershop."
That's just rampant bigotry against barbershops that have not yet had the courage or opportunity to come out of the closet as Moroccan.
The pattern of surveillance and investigation also violates a plurality of the Bill of Rights, common sense and the requirement that they uphold the Constitution, by assuming that, in a nation of foreigners and immigrants, foreigners and immigrants are inherently suspicious.