The Latest: Court considers secrecy over Muslim surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Latest on a court case involving the New York Police Department's use of a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

A lawyer representing two Muslim men has told New York's highest court that the New York Police Department overstepped its reach when it used a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put the men under surveillance.

Omar Mohammedi argued before the Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the NYPD improperly invoked the federal tactic in a case involving state Freedom of Information Law.

The NYPD's attorney says the department was acting properly when it said it could "neither confirm nor deny" the records even existed.

The men's lawsuits over that response were prompted by a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning stories by The Associated Press that detailed how the NYPD searched for possible terrorists after 9/11. Some of the department's methods included infiltrating Muslim student groups and putting informants in mosques.

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12:08 a.m.

New York's highest court will consider whether the New York Police Department can use a Cold War-era legal tactic to conceal information about whether it put Muslims under surveillance.

The Court of Appeals will hear arguments on Tuesday in the cases of two Muslims who say the NYPD overstepped its reach by responding to a 2012 records request related to the surveillance. The NYPD had said it could "neither confirm nor deny" the records even existed.

The lawsuits over that response were prompted by a series of Pulitzer Prize-winning stories by The Associated Press that detailed how the NYPD searched for possible terrorists after 9/11. Some of the department's methods included infiltrating Muslim student groups and putting informants in mosques.

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