Sayed Farhaj Hassan began basic training in the US Army the day before 9/11. Two years later, he deployed to Iraq. Then a few months ago, he learned that the New Jersey mosque he had attended for 16 years, Astaana-e-Zehra, had turned up in a New York Police Department document assessing the threat of Iran-sponsored terrorism to New York City.
"I felt violated," says Hassan, who is still an Army reservist. "Everything I signed up to defend in the Army was being thrown away by the New York City Police Department."
Hasan is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleging that the NYPD violated the constitutional rights of New Jersey's Muslim community through a massive CIA-assisted surveillance program, which was first revealed by the Associated Press.