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NYPD monitoring of websites of Muslim student groups sparks outrage at Yale, elsewhere
NEW YORK (AP) ' New York's mayor is facing off with Yale University over efforts by the city's police department to monitor Muslim student groups.
The Associated Press revealed Saturday that New York Police Department officers kept close watch on websites and blogs maintained by Muslim student associations across the northeast United States and sent an undercover officer on a rafting trip with students from the City College of New York.
Yale President Richard Levin said in a statement Monday monitoring of students based on religion was "antithetical" to the school's values.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the practice Tuesday. He says there's nothing wrong with officers keeping an eye on websites available to the general public.
He says he doesn't know why "keeping the country safe is antithetical to the values of Yale."
Christoffersen reported from New Haven, Conn. Associated Press writers Matt Apuzzo in Washington, Samantha Henry in Newark, N.J., and Rik Stevens in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.