Were U.B. Muslim Students Targeted?

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM EDT

By WKBW News

...
February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Did the NYPD hack into e-mails, websites, and go undercover on field trips to profile Muslim students?

That activity was allegedly carried out by the New York Police Department surveillance operations on college campuses, including the University at Buffalo.

Officials in New York City say at least one dozen people were arrested for terrorist activities in the past, reportedly members of Muslim Student Associations, which started the investigation.

These startling details about the NYPD operation also include reports that colleges involved include Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and U.B.

The report states that anyone who was a member of a Muslim Student Association was targeted. According to the Associated Press, the surveillance happened between 2006 and 2007.

The University at Buffalo issued a statement Sunday that said officials there knew nothing about it. Officials say they had no idea the surveillance was going on, that they were never contacted by the NYPD, and if they were, they would never release information voluntarily about Muslim students.

The University released that statement, citing the Associated Press report, Sunday night shortly after the story broke.

Barbara Mian is a Muslim student at U.B, and has attended Muslim Student events.

Barbara told Eyewitness News, "I don't feel safe."

It isn't just Muslim students that feel uneasy. Alison Rodriguez says she was upset by the news.

"It shows a lot of ignorance, a stigma on Muslim's," commenting to Eyewitness News.

The report indicated the NYPD worked with the Erie County Sheriff's Department to monitor U.B. students. Eyewitness News reached out to the Sheriff's Department, but have not received a comment as of this posting.