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The Legacy of Michael Bloomberg’s Muslim Surveillance Programme

Azad Essa and Nur Ibrahim

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Thousands of informants infiltrated mosques, restaurants and charities in a bid to find would-be militants. No arrests were made. Instead, a legacy of mistrust remains

When Asad Dandia received a friend request on Facebook, he didn’t think much of it. 

The college student was active with a religious-based charity, so it was common for people to reach out on the social media platform and offer to donate food and money.

Dandia and the man also had several friends in common. So when he read a message requesting advice on how to become a better, practising Muslim, he willingly responded.

Over the next few months, the two became friends. Dandia even i.....