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Muslim monitoring efforts reached Buffalo

The New York City Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond city limits, including the University at Buffalo, and the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, the Associated Press has learned.

Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo, the AP has learned. It also learned detectives trawled Muslim student websites every day and, though professors and students had not been accused of wrongdoing, their names were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

In recent months, the AP has revealed secret programs -- built with help from the CIA -- that the NYPD used to monitor Muslims at the places where they eat, shop and worship within city limits.

An NYPD intelligence report from Jan. 2, 2009, described a trip by three NYPD officers to Buffalo, where they met with a high-ranking member of the Erie County Sheriff's Department and agreed "to develop assets jointly in the Buffalo area, to act as listening posts within the ethnic Somalian community."

A spokesman for the university, John Della Contrada, said the NYPD never contacted the administration, and Erie County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Mary Murray could not confirm the meeting.

One University at Buffalo student, Adeela Khan, did end up in a police report after receiving an email Nov. 9, 2006, announcing an upcoming Islamic conference in Toronto. Khan says she forwarded the email to a Yahoo chat group of fellow Muslims and promptly forgot about it.

At the time, Khan was a board member of the Muslim Student Association at UB. She said she never went to the conference, was not affiliated with it and had no idea who was speaking at it.