If you took a poll of 1,000 Americans and asked them what they thought their most important right was, the right to privacy would surely end up one of the top answers. However, a recent federal ruling for a case that originated in New Jersey has all but eliminated Muslim citizens right to privacy. Numerous Muslim citizens filed suit against the state, alleging they were being spied on solely because of their religious background. The citizens said they were spied on in restaurants, mosques, and even schools. The judge said there was not enough proof to show that these people were being targeted only because of their religion and therefore, dismissed their claim. One of the plaintiffs in the case was even a U.S soldier who put his life on the line for the security of this country yet instead of being praised for his bravery like other soldiers; he had his privacy infringed on due to baseless suspicions. While it is a serious problem that these citizens had their privacy stripped away, we must also look at the bigger picture. It is easy to easy to how this ruling can quickly snowball into every Muslim citizen being followed and spied upon by police and the police never having to provide legitimate, or really any reason, for their behavior. Are we really ready to ok behavior that mirrors the famous book 1984? I hope not. There is no problem with doing what is necessary to protect this country from future terrorist attacks, with necessary being the key word there. To follow a group of people simply because those people share the same religion as those who committed those heinous acts against our country is not justified. The law must implement a sort of check list of other factors that, when taken together, would lend stronger credence to the possibility of those being followed being involved in terrorist activities or groups and thus would justify following and spying on them.