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A federal judge in Newark ruled yesterday that the NYPD didn't discriminate against Muslims by spying on mosques and businesses in New Jersey. A class action lawsuit had argued that the surveillance programs were unconstitutional because they focused on religion, national origin, and race. But U.S. District Judge William Martini said the police were looking for Muslim terrorists, so surveying Muslim communities was necessary and not discriminatory. The plaintiffs had also argued that the spying had caused them harm, such as diminished religious expression and lost job opportunities. But the judge said the injuries were hypothetical and that any harm was caused by The Associated Press for exposing the surveillance, not the spying itself.

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