The NYPD has 1200 men and an annual budget of 330 million dollars focused on defeating terrorists. While the Obama era FBI has put a greater focus on “corporate fraud,” “financial institution fraud” and “health care fraud,” infiltrating “online pharmacies“ and “nursing homes,” the NYPD is still vigilant because it’s their city.
Nor can the NYPD confine itself to the five boroughs. The September 11 hijackers were outside NYPD jurisdiction until they entered New York airspace. The World Trade Center bombers came out of Jersey City. Local is good enough for small scale terrorist attacks, but the first sign of a large scale terrorist attack orchestrated out of Boston or across the river in New Jersey may be the rising flames and smoke over a New York landmark.
In Trenton, New Jersey’s Attorney General met with Muslim leaders demanding action, including the local chair of CAIR, an organization that remains an unindicted terrorist conspirator. In Chicago, Newark’s former police director, met with Muslims and promised that there would be no blanket surveillance. Back home in New York City, radical leftist mayoral candidate John Liu, whose campaign treasurer was recently charged with fraud and who appears to have been the beneficiary of a lot of donations that have come out of thin air, condemned the surveillance. He was one of the few to do so.
In New York City support for the surveillance is apolitical to a surprising extent. Mayor Bloomberg, usually a vocal advocate of Muslim causes, has been equally vocal in defending the NYPD. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, so far to the left that he all but promised Al Sharpton an office in Albany, has declined to investigate the NYPD. The likely Democratic successors to Bloomberg remained equally mum. Even in a liberal town, no one besides the Associated Press, which makes its headquarters on the West Side, places political correctness over another September 11.
Richard Levin, the president of Yale University, issued a statement saying that, “that police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale.”
A good distance away from Yale and its values, across the state border, two airplanes took off from Logan International Airport and were used as instruments of mass murder by a group of men who were not profiled by religion, nationality or their political opinions.
At last year’s commemoration of September 11, Levin claimed that the “fundamentalism” of September 11 had its precursor in the Salem witch trials and celebrated that Muslim and Jewish students had come together to read “each other’s sacred texts”. He concluded by snidely dismissing those who confront terrorism “with force”, and boasted that at Yale, “We confront fundamentalism and terrorism by other means. We challenge established beliefs.”
But while the Levins go about their merry way, challenging terrorism by challenging “established beliefs”, there are men and women who go about challenging it the old fashioned way. Some wear blue uniforms, others blue suits and still others wear turbans. They can blend in anywhere, including in the Muslim Students Association. When they monitor a mosque in Paterson NJ or a Muslim Students Association website in Ohio, which in the past featured an entire site dedicated to Bin Laden, they are doing their job by protecting the Levins of this world… and by protecting us.
We saw the values of the NYPD on September 11. We have also seen the values of the MSA in the terrorists who have sprung from its ranks. Finally we have seen the impotent and frivolous values of the Levins. It is up to all of us to make our choice.
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