Light & Verity


“I am writing to state, in the strongest possible terms, that police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States.”

  • —Yale President Richard Levin ’74PhD, in a February 20 message to the Yale community after it was revealed that the New York Police Department had monitored the websites of several college Muslim Student Associations, including Yale’s.


“I don’t know why keeping the country safe is antithetical to the values of Yale. Yale’s freedoms to do research, to teach, to give people a place to say what they want to say is defended by the law enforcement throughout this country.”

  • —New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to Levin’s remarks at a February 21 press conference.


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