The groups along with several individuals stated that the actions had
"caused a series of spiritual, stigmatic, and pecuniary losses."to them both as individuals and collectively. They also stated that because of the actions of the NYPD they could no longer pray in public or speak in public regarding religion or politics. They accused the NYPD of singling them out solely on the basis of their religion. The judge found otherwise.
The NYPD surveillance and intelligence gathering program was one of the department's counter terrorism programs. It began in early 2002, after the attacks of 9-11 by Islamic terrorists, and with the appointment of David Cohen, former Deputy Director of the CIA, as the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for NYPD.
The specifics of the program were brought to the public to the public's attention in the Summer of 2011 when two reporters of the Associated Press wrote an article regarding the NYPD's counter terrorism program. The reporters had obtained un-redacted and confidential documents from several former and current NYPD employees that outlined a program designed to see if their was any terrorist activity within the Muslim community in the greater New York City region including New Jersey. The article failed to articulate that two major terrorist attacks against the United States and New York City specifically were perpetrated by radical Islamists who had ties to the Muslim Community in the geographical area in question.