STONY BROOK - According to the Associated Press, records show that the New York City Police Department monitored Muslim students at universities across the Northeast, including students at SUNY Stony Brook.

The AP says documents it uncovered show that online activities of Stony Brook's Muslim Student Association were monitored between 2006 and 2007. Muslim groups at other universities, including Yale, Syracuse, Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, were watched as well out of concerns for homegrown terrorists.The NYPD says the snooping was justified since 12 people with ties to Muslim student groups have been charged or convicted in the U.S. and abroad. An NYPD spokesman says it "only investigated persons who [it] had reasonable suspicion to believe might be involved in unlawful activities." In response to the department's monitoring activities, lawmakers have introduced a bill that would have an independent inspector general review the NYPD's surveillance actions.