Speaking today in an interview on AM radio, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended revelations that the NYPD has been conducting massive surveillance of random Muslim citizens in and around New York, saying that the critics of the program “have short memories as to what happened here in 2001.”
The secretive program was federally funded, with the NYPD using White House grants meant to target “drug trafficking” to spy of Muslim college students across the northeast, as well as to eavesdrop on conversations between “Muslim-looking” people in Newark, New Jersey grocery stores.
Kelly insisted the policy was in keeping with “what we know about the way radical Islam works,” and that politicians who had expressed concern about the privacy implications of mass surveillance based on presumptive religious beliefs were “pandering.”
A New York Times article reveals the climate of fear the policy has provoked among local Muslims, who fear being targeted by police even worse if they are caught discussing the policy with the news media. There remains hope that the policy will eventually be abandoned, but the current indications are that targeting innocent Muslims is a winning issue for those wanting to appear “tough on terror” and that means in the near term the policy may have gotten less secret, but no less aggressive.
6 thoughts on “NYPD Commissioner Defends Mass Surveillance of Muslims”
Why are the Muslims still in New York? This is a big country, they can leave and settle elsewhere and be free of being guilty by association.
You mean places like Oklahoma and Tennessee?
Funny, the Muslims in the Middle East keep asking the same exact thing about the US. After all, it's a damn big world and they could invade and occupy anywhere else. So, maybe, if you got your imperialist tails out of their countries and stopped bombing them, they wouldn't feel compelled to go to NY. See, that's what they call blowback of empire. And only your government can stop it.
“have short memories as to what happened here in 2001.”
In that case they should just keep an eye on ISRAELI ART STUNDENTS.and AIPAC for a bigger picture.
The purpose of this police state stuff is to keep Muslims silent and fearful while America conducts its criminal murderous genocidal wars. No Muslim is gonna speak up to protest these wars under these conditions and the rest of America? Couldn't care less.
America is a police state.
But of course. You didn't expect him to criticize himself and his goons, did you?
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