New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is standing by the NYPD. Paul Browne, NYPD spokesman, says there are parts of the AP report that are “marked by outright fiction.” He says, “We don’t apologize for it and we’re not deterred by petit jealousies that success made breed.”
Patrick Dunleavy, former Deputy Inspector General of the Criminal Intelligence Division of the New York State Department of Corrections is in a position to know the truth. He worked with the NYPD’s Intelligence Division from 2002 to 2005 and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection.
In his debate with CAIR attorney Gadeir Abbas, Dunleavy made the point that there was nothing said when Hispanic officers were used to gather information in Hispanic communities to fight Latin American drug cartels. He explains in an editorial that police departments across the U.S. use mapping to identify areas where they should devote more resources to covering. It shouldn’t be surprising that the NYPD’s counter-terrorism efforts would naturally bring them to Muslim areas. Retired NYPD officer John Cutter, who served under David Cohen, said “It’s not profiling. It’s like, after a shooting, do you go 20 blocks away and interview guys or do you go to the neighborhood where it happened?”
Dunleavy also says he never heard of the “Demographic Unit” that the AP report says was in charge of spying on innocent Muslims, and nor has his former colleagues in the NYPD Intelligence Division. The NYPD denies it exists. However, the AP has published an NYPD document about the unit. Even if it does exist, none of the conduct mentioned should be unexpected.
This isn’t the first time that CAIR and its Muslim Brotherhood-tied partners have tried to raise hysteria about a legitimate counter-terrorism program, and it won’t be the last. This is how they remain relevant, solicit donations, pursue their Islamist agenda and hold onto their dwindling amount of supporters.
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