What exactly is "controversial" about monitoring Islamic insurgents in NYC?

A huge crowd of 43  30 +  Muslims and  a few  concerned infidels came out in solidarity with the NYPD, among them Tareq Fatah and Zuhdi Yasser. A pathetic attempt to show that the mythical “moderate muslim” exists.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There was a rally held Monday in support of the NYPD’s controversial monitoring of Muslims.

In a twist, Muslim groups were the organizers and support what some call “spying.”


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“Muslims: Hoo-Ray! Group backs NYPD surveillance effort,” by Jessica Simeone for theNew York Post, March 6:

While many Islamist organizations are aiming their attacks at the NYPD, some Muslim voices have been raised in support of the Police Department.

“The NYPD is not spying. The NYPD is carrying out effective surveillance,” Rep. Peter King told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

The Department has been under fire for monitoring mosques, Muslim merchants and student groups. Critics, like many seen over the weekend, call it race-based spying.

But on Monday, many Muslims gathered to say it’s not spying; it’s good police work, necessary to keep the city safe from terror.

“Those who undermine the NYPD — trust me — they are the enemies of freedom, liberty. They may not say so but their hidden message is very clear,” said Tarek Fatah of the Muslim North American Congress.

One sign didn’t say “New York,” but rather “American Muslims Support NYPD.” Most of the speakers came from outside the state. There was one New Yorker who took the podium, a young Muslim who’s a senior at a Catholic school on Staten Island.

“My name is Samir Abdelkhalek,” he said, adding he would have no problem with the NYPD conducting surveillance at his mosque.

“No, I would not. I’m in a public place. I have nothing to hide. I love my country and I really have nothing to hide from the NYPD,” Abdelkhalek said.

But other local Muslims had harsh words for the event.

Linda Sarsour of the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition said police should not be monitoring Muslims without reasonable cause.

“I think this is a shameful event. We will continue to say that the NYPD is religiously profiling the entire Muslim community,” Sarsour said.

From “pro-NYPD” to “con” there’s no sign this dispute is going away.

Krispy Kreme Christie  declares his support for the jihad:

The NYPD surveillance effort crossed over into New Jersey, angering Gov. Chris Christie. On Monday, Christie said he “may” revoke the policy that gave the NYPD limited authority to operate in the Garden State.

2 thoughts on “What exactly is "controversial" about monitoring Islamic insurgents in NYC?”

  1. Zuhdi Jasser and Pete King support NYPD spying operation, call for it to be extended to other US cities
    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Muslim groups gathered in support of the New York Police Department in Manhattan this morning following revelations the NYPD set up surveillance of Muslim communities in two New Jersey cities and on 16 college campuses.

    Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president of the American Islamic Foundation, on Monday thanked the NYPD for monitoring extremists as about three dozen supporters cheered and clapped. Jasser, who narrated the documentary “The Third Jihad,” which warns against the dangers of radical Islam, said the NYPD is doing work that Muslims should be doing.

    In an interview following the rally, Jasser said he saw nothing wrong with the NYPD’s intelligence-gathering program as long as officers collected information in public. He said that if police become familiar with people and businesses in a community, “maybe they can stop someone before they strap a bomb to their chest.”

    Similar police surveillance programs should be created in other major cities, such as Los Angeles, Jasser said. He labeled as “ridiculous” a statement by Garry McCarthy, former Newark police director, that he would not permit an NYPD-style surveillance campaign in Chicago, where he leads the police force.

    NorthJersey.com, 5 March 2012

    The Associated Press adds: “U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said at the rally that the department deserves a medal for its work. He lambasted coverage by the AP and The New York Times as biased and said the news outlets were ‘disgracing themselves’. He said the department should be a model for other departments around the country.”

    See also City Room, 5 March 2012

    Given that New York police commissioner Ray Kelly has described The Third Jihad as “inflammatory” and apologised to the Muslim community for appearing in and screening it, while Mayor Bloomberg has condemned the NYPD for demonstrating “terrible judgment” over the film, they are unlikely to welcome the support of Zuhdi Jasser and other equally unrepresentative “Muslim leaders”.

    Update: See Phyllis Chesler’s blog at Pajamas Media, which hails Zuhdi Jasser as “The anti-Islamist Muslim voice”.

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