NYPD

Good Law Enforcement or Profiling?

A civil rights law suit was filed this past Wednesday in federal court against the New York City Police Department. It claims the legal surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey is unconstitutional because it “targets Muslims” strictly based on their religion.

by Gadi Adelman

A law suit, ‘Hassan v. The City of New York’, was filed in United States District Court on June 6, 2012 by Muslim Advocates of San Francisco and the Law Offices of Bhalla & Cho, LLC of Jersey City, New Jersey on behalf of Muslim individuals, organizations and businesses who claim they are been singled out for surveillance only based on their religion.

I obtained a copy of the 25-page complaint and it can be viewed on my website here: Hassan V. NYC.

The suit claims violations of the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause through discrimination. They seek monetary damages but the main goal is to put an end to the surveillance, which they claim is ongoing.

According to the compliant, back in 2002, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the NYPD started watching entire neighborhoods where Muslims lived in Newark and other towns. The plaintiffs (Muslims) say that the NYPD also infiltrated Muslim organizations and mosques with undercover officers and informants. They claim that people who were the subject of the surveillance were chosen not because of any suspicion of wrongdoing, but strictly because of their religion.

The plaintiffs named are three individuals: Syed Farhaj Hassan, Moiz Mohammed and Jane Doe; two businesses -- All Body Shop Inside and Out and Unity Beef Sausage Co.; and three organizations-- the Council of Imams in New Jersey, Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada, and Muslim Foundation Inc.

Number 2 of the ‘Preliminary Statement’ section of the complaint states,

In early 2002, the NYPD began a secret spying program (“Program”) to infiltrate and monitor Muslim life in and around New York City. The Department has focused, in particular, upon New Jersey Muslims, conducting surveillance of at least twenty mosques, fourteen restaurants, eleven retail stores, two grade schools and two Muslim Student

Associations, in addition to untold numbers of individuals who own, operate, and visit those establishments. The Department has also created over twenty precinct-level maps of the City of Newark, noting the location of mosques and Muslim businesses and the ethnic composition of the Muslim community.

So why would the NYPD be watching Muslims from NJ, not to mention 20 mosques as alleged in the complaint?  Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that the FBI has arrested Islamic terrorists from a Jersey City mosque including Sheikh Omar Abdel- Rahman a.k.a "The Blind Sheikh?" Or perhaps it was the fact that the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 was proven to have been planned in that same mosque?

I have written several times that “there is a difference between “profiling” and good law enforcement.”  If I am driving late at night in a known high drug activity area of an African American neighborhood and get pulled over for no reason other than being white is that profiling or good law enforcement? This goes on day in and day out in the US and the percentage of drug arrests from that type of scenario lead to convictions.

My point is this, good law enforcement uses the statistics and the fact is that, statistically, terrorists are of Middle Eastern decent aged 18-34 and yes, Muslim.  Sorry, I don’t make up the numbers, I use facts.  And using the facts is called “Suspect Profiling.”

According to a Quinnipiac Poll from April of this year, most residents of NJ agree with the NYPD tactics. The poll revealed that 62 percent of New Jersey voters said the NYPD's focus on Muslims was appropriate, 18 percent said it was unfair and 20 percent did not express an opinion. Republicans supported it 83-8 percent, Democrats by 44-27 percent, and independents by 64-17 percent.

Number 3 of the ‘Preliminary Statement’ I actually find humorous,

As part of the Program, the NYPD takes photographs and videos and collects license plate numbers at mosques. It also utilizes undercover officers and informants to infiltrate and surveil Muslim communities, including mosques, Muslim Student Associations and Muslim-owned businesses. Upon information and belief, the NYPD Program has not undertaken similar surveillance with respect to non-Muslim communities.

“Has not undertaken similar surveillance with respect to non-Muslim communities”? I wonder why … Has any other “religious” group committed 19,027 deadly acts of terrorism since 9/11/2001? For that matter, I can’t recall any Christian, Jew, Buddhist or Hindu blowing himself/herself up to murder innocents in the name of God recently.

Also mentioned in Number 3 of the complaint was the Muslim Student Association (MSA). Let’s look at that group for a moment. According to an article by Patrick Poole, the MSA was,

Founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and operated as an arm of the Saudi-funded, Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Muslim World League, the MSA is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected Islamic institutions in the country. They have chapters at more than 100 universities and colleges.

Since its inception, the MSA has chronically been a vehicle of extremism, hatred, and incitement to violence. Its chapters host a wide variety of extremist speakers and have repeatedly raised funds for Islamic groups that have later been closed by the U.S. government for funding terrorism. For this reason, the MSA was identified in 2004 as one of 27 Islamic charities and groups in the U.S. under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee for terrorist support.

The MSA is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood as explained above. I have explained before, about the Muslim Brotherhood strategy memo, also known in counter-terror circles as ‘the project’. It was key evidence during the largest terror trial to date in the US, the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) trial. The strategic objective of the Brotherhood in America as written by the MB and proven in court,

The Ikhwan [the Muslim Brotherhood's name for itself]  must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim's destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack.

So, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a proven offshoot from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the MB’s goal is to “destroy the Western civilization from within and sabotage its miserable house by their hands.” Using our courts and Constitution would seem like a way to achieve that destruction.

Also, from the same MB document, it lists 29 organizations that they plan to use to carry out their goal. The header reads,

 A list of our Organizations and the Organizations of our friends (Imagine if they all march according to one plan).

Number 2 on that list is the Muslim Student Association.

Patrick Poole’s article lists no less than 7 Presidents, Vice Presidents and members of the MSA that have been arrested and convicted on terror charges. 

If we here in the US or elsewhere in the world were facing Jewish terrorists bent on our destruction, would anyone be upset if synagogues were under surveillance? If terrorists were coming out of Hillel (Jewish student organization on college campuses), would anyone be complaining that the Hillel were being watched? It’s common sense, not profiling.

Jim Kouri reported in the Examiner,

Another large Muslim group -- the Council on American Islamic Relations -- is expected to file a similar lawsuit in Manhattan against the NYPD. A CAIR affiliate, attorney Mary Catherine Roper from the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, stated, “They should be spending their time looking at the more specific behaviors that ought to draw their attention and make them investigate a person or a group.” She goes on to say that congregating to pray should not be a foundation of suspicion."

Maybe if the places of prayer weren’t recruiting grounds for the future terrorists of America and Imams weren’t preaching hate, it wouldn’t be a “foundation of suspicion.”

I have said time and time again, “that we in America need to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to terrorism.” I am glad that the NYPD is being proactive, performing good law enforcement and not backing down due to the law suits.

Gadi Adelman is a speaker on terrorism, jihad, sharia and Islam. He is a contributing editor for the Family Security Matters website as well as writing for Conservative Camp, Faith for Freedom, Gold Coast Chronicle and Pronline news. He has his own weekly radio show "America Akbar" that can be heard on the Radio Jihad network.

Mon, February 24, 2014 NYPD Vindicated - Surveillance Targeted Potential Terrorists

The NYPD's counterterrorism unit outside Yankee Stadium (Photo: Reuters)

The NYPD's counterterrorism unit outside Yankee Stadium (Photo: Reuters)

by: 
Ryan Mauro

District Judge William Martini of New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for its intelligence-gathering in the state. The development is another vindication for the NYPD as it faces a campaign of misinformation from Islamists and their allies aimed at smearing the department's anti-terrorism efforts.

The plaintiffs include a Muslim Brotherhood-founded group named the Muslim Students Association. Another is the Muslim Foundation, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from an Iranian regime front. They argue that the NYPD should pay them for damages resulting from its intelligence-gathering on them.

However, according to the judge, the only reason these plaintiffs can allege that they are suffering is because the Associated Press detailed the NYPD operations to the public. If they wanted to sue someone, they should have sued the Associated Press -- but they aren’t, because the lawsuit isn’t really about damages. It’s about bashing the NYPD.

“This confirms the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries flow from the Associated Press’ unauthorized disclosure of the documents …The Associated Press covertly obtained the materials and published them without authorization. Thus, the injury, if any existed, is not fairly traceable to the city,” Judge Martini ruled.

He also concluded that the NYPD was not conducting surveillance on individuals and organizations just for being Muslim, as the NYPD’s critics constantly allege. Judge Martini said that the NYPD’s intelligence-gathering to prevent Islamic terrorism obviously requires some intelligence-gathering on Muslims.

“The police could not have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the Muslim community itself…The motive for the program was not solely to discriminate against Muslims, but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding Muslims,” Judge Martini said.

The NYPD’s intelligence-gathering in N.J. was previously vindicated when Governor Chris Christie’s Attorney General concluded that its practices were legal. The conclusion came after Christie slammed the NYPD for its operations. Following the Attorney General’s determination, the Christie Administration formed a Muslim Outreach Committee with Islamist members, including a Hamas-tied cleric whose deportation is sought by the Department of Homeland Security.

The facts have consistently shown that the NYPD is not casting a wide net over Muslims in the hopes of nabbing a few terrorists. Its targets are chosen on concrete information. That is why the Department has won bi-partisan praise, with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer endorsing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Media reports scathed the NYPD for spying on clubs for Muslim students, for example. Actually, the NYPD was investigating chapters of the Muslim Students Association that had a history of extremist activity like booking radical speakers. The NYPD also was blasted for keeping tabs on Imam Reda Shata, a “moderate” cleric. Actually, he is a supporter of Hamas.

Further, the NYPD was condemned for its collaboration with the CIA. An investigation was conducted and the Department was cleared. The CIA review found “no evidence that any part of the agency's support to the NYPD constituted 'domestic spying.’”

The NYPD is also being sued in New York City by six plaintiffs. The suit received significant media coverage, but the NYPD’s defense did not. The defense included disturbing facts about the plaintiffs that showed that the NYPD would have been guilty of negligence if it did not follow-up on these facts.

The scandal-seeking media then focused on the story that the NYPD had labeled some Islamic organizations and mosques as “terrorism enterprises,” opening them up to deeper investigation. The actual numbers showed how this was taken out of context.

The NYPD had 175 mosques in its jurisdiction, at the very least. Over a period of 10 years, only 10 were labeled as a “terrorism enterprises.” This was done in accordance with the revised “Handschu Agreement” guidelines, which state that protected speech could be recorded when there is reasonable suspicion that two or more individuals are supporting terrorism within the target enterprise.

That’s common sense. Vocally supporting terrorism is legal under the Constitution, but it still can and should be used in investigations and as evidence in trials. If someone says suicide bombings are permissible, it’s worth collecting that evidence even if that person cannot be prosecuted for the statement.

Not all Muslims buy into the myth that the NYPD is mistreating them. In March 2012, about 25 Muslim leaders came together in New York City to defend the Department. On December 9, 2013, the NYPD Muslim Advisory Council honored Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for his work with their community, praising it as a “model of cooperation.”

“The Police Department has demonstrated that Muslims stand equal to other citizens of NYC by cracking down on hate crimes … Due to the work of the Hate Crime Task Force, Muslim New Yorkers can sleep more soundly at night,” the Council wrote.

Yet again, the NYPD has been vindicated, but that won’t silence its opponents. For the Islamists, it was never about facts or financial damages. It was always about influencing policy and convincing Muslims that they are in need of a guardian.

Sun, December 22, 2013 CAIR Decries Muslim Group Honoring NYPD's Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly, outgoing NYPD commissioner

Ray Kelly, outgoing NYPD commissioner

by: 
Ryan Mauro

The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity, is lambasting other Muslim leaders for giving an award to outgoing NYPD Chief Ray Kelly.

The NYPD Muslim Advisory Council gave Police Commissioner Ray Kelly an award on December 9, shortly after it issued a report praising the NYPD’s treatment of the Muslim community, while still acknowledging that disagreements persist.

CAIR-NY and its allies immediately went on the offensive, calling it a “cheap public relations stunt.” Its response isn’t only an attack on Kelly; it’s an attack on the Muslim leaders that participated in the so-called “stunt.” The message is that they are betrayers of the Muslim community.

These Muslim leaders that praised Kelly did not rubber-stamp all of the NYPD’s activity—in fact, some of them even had intelligence gathered on their houses of worship. But here’s where they differ with CAIR: CAIR thinks anything short of an all-out assault on the NYPD is treachery.

These other Muslim leaders can appreciate the NYPD’s sincerity and hard work even if they disagree with some policies. Even now, about 1,200 NYPD officers are getting multicultural training that has two sections devoted to Muslims.

But CAIR-NY still isn’t happy because it is not the one giving the training, proving yet again that CAIR’s “civil rights” agenda is more about ideology, self-interest and political influence.

The FBI’s official policy is to reject CAIR from outreach events because of evidence of its links to Hamas and other radicals. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a trial related to Hamas fundraising. The New York chapter of CAIR has its own radical record.

The Muslim Advisory Council that CAIR-NY is going after even has members with concerning records, but even they appreciate the NYPD and rebut the notion that it persecutes Muslims.

The Council includes Daisy Khan, the wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, best known as the face of the failed “Ground Zero Mosque” project. She represents the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

It also includes the leader of Masjid Al-Ikhlas, whose mosque was attended by four Islamists that were arrested in 2009 for planning a series of terrorist attacks.

Another Council member is Imam Ahmed Dewidar of Mid-Manhattan Islamic Society. He once gave an interview to a Muslim Brotherhood website where he suggested that the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy “pinned” on Muslims. He said the U.S. government used the attacks to make laws to “restrict the growth and presence of Islam in the U.S.”

 In 2005, he gave an interview where he said the U.S. war in Iraq and promotion of democracy was part of a Jewish plot to control the Middle East. He also said that, “Even when a Muslim tries to work in the [American] media, he has to contend with five million media employees who are controlled by the Jews.”

Also sitting on the Council is Imam Tahir Kukiqi of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, which the NYPD privately listed as a “location of concern.” He was offended, but instead of portraying the NYPD as an enemy of Muslims, he joined the Council in order to address the Department’s concerns.

“The NYPD has the best record of public safety in the whole entire nation, and a great deal of that effort has been done by the leadership of Mr. Kelly,” Imam Kukiqi said when explaining why he and his colleagues honored the Police Commissioner.

On December 1, the Muslim Advisory Council submitted its report outlining areas of success and areas of weakness in its work with the NYPD.

“The Police Department has demonstrated that Muslims stand equal to other citizens of NYC by cracking down on hate crimes … Due to the work of the Hate Crime Task Force, Muslim New Yorkers can sleep more soundly at night,” it states.

The Council points out that the NYPD has 1,500 Muslim police officers patrolling five boroughs. Its Chaplain’s Unit has an imam and in 208, the NYPD established a Muslim Officers Society that has at least 350 officers.

“The NYPD considers the Muslim Community a full and equal partner in the fight against violent extremism and is committed to countering any assertion that portrays New York City Muslims as a collective threat to national security or to other New Yorkers,” the Council says.

It concludes that the Muslim community’s relationship with the NYPD is a “model of cooperation.”

The NYPD was earlier defended by Muslim leaders in 2012 at the height of the controversy over the NYPD’s intelligence-gathering methods and training materials. About 25 Muslim leaders and organizations came together for a rally in New York City to counter the exaggerations of CAIR and its allies.

The Clarion Project has repeatedly examined the claims of the NYPD’s detractors and provided the context that most press accounts do not.

For example, virtually no outlet covered the NYPD's explanations in September as to why it gathered intelligence on multiple Muslim organizations. While these groups played the victim and filed a lawsuit, the revealed details show that the NYPD was following solid leads. It wasn’t discriminating or persecuting against Muslims; it was doing legitimate, commonsense police work.

The NYPD received negative press attention for labeling certain mosques as “terrorism enterprises” deserving of a closer watch. Instead of contributing to the hysteria and speculation, we looked at what was actually known.

“Let’s summarize what we know for a fact: Out of a minimum of 175 mosques, only 10 were subjected to a “terrorism enterprise investigation” over 10 years,” I wrote at the time.

The bottom line is this: Muslims – including those who oppose the NYPD’s practices, are thanking Commissioner Ray Kelly, but for CAIR, even they are sell-outs.

For CAIR, Muslims are either with it or against it in its jihad to destroy the image of Kelly and the NYPD.

 

Ryan Mauro is the ClarionProject.org’s National Security Analyst, a fellow with the Clarion Project and is frequently interviewed on top-tier TV stations as an expert on counterterrorism and Islamic extremism.

Sun, September 1, 2013 NYPD Designates Certain Mosques as Terrorist Enterprises

The NYPD participates in the Boston bomber investigation. (Photo: © Reuters)

The NYPD participates in the Boston bomber investigation. (Photo: © Reuters)

The New York Police Department has labeled certain mosques as terrorist organizations, allowing police to keep an eye on worshipers and imams who might be involved in terrorist activity.

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" (TEIs) as part of an initiative to help police infiltrate and investigate secret terrorist cells.

Information about the TEIs were revealed by Associated Press after the news organization recently saw a number of documents on the subject. The TEIs are also part of a new book, "Enemies within: inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America," by AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, as well as interviews with current and former NYPD, FBI and CIA officials.

Before the NYPD could target mosques for surveillance, the procedure had to be approved by a federal judge who established guidelines on how police can conduct surveillance on citizens.

David Cohen, a former CIA executive who became the NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence in 2002, told the judge deciding the case that mosques could be used "to shield the work of terrorists from law enforcement scrutiny by taking advantage of restrictions of the investigation of First Amendment activity."

The recent revelations of the NYPD’s investigation have outraged some, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) who says that mosque programs are unconstitutional.

Yet, as the Clarion Project reported, the ACLU has a history of fiercely fighting against essential U.S. counter-terrorism programs and actions, possible due to the background of one top ACLU official, Jameel Jaffer .  (Interestingly, the ACLU chose not to protect the right of freedom of expression when the White House tried to pressure YouTube to take down the film Innocence of Muslims, a provocative presentation of Mohammed's life, which provoked worldwide riots.)

NYPD police commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have denied that TEI is unconstitutional and insist they are following leads.

"Undercover officers and confidential informants do not enter a mosque unless they are following up on a lead. We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack, and we uphold the law in doing so," Kelly said. 

See Related Story: Imam at Boston Bomber’s Mosque: Grab on to the Gun and the Sword

Tue, July 3, 2012 CAIR, Dems Seek Watchdog Over NYPD

Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support the anti-terrorism work or the New York City Police Department and its Chief Ray Kelly, Democrats on New York’s City Council, in conjunction with CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) are trying to put a watchdog over them.

The predominately Democratic City Council is proposing a law to create a new position of an “inspector general” to oversee the NYPD. The proposal is in response to complaints by Muslim groups who have labeled the legal activities of the NYPD – including surveillance of mosques, businesses and student organizations -- as racial profiling.

The legislation is opposed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who went on record as saying he is against the "planned legislation to create independent oversight of the New York Police Department." 

The proposed law would give the new inspector general power to subpoena and broad investigative authority to oversee the 40,000-member police department.

Bloomberg responded, saying, "The NYPD is the most regulated department in the entire city. I think we have enough supervision and oversight. We need to focus on just getting the bad guys off the street and getting the guns out of their hands."

Polls show that 63% of New York voters approve of the way the New York City Police Department is doing its job, with an overwhelming 82 percent saying that the NYPD has been effective in combatting terrorism. New York voters also gave Police Commissioner Kelly a 64 percent approval rating, with 28 percent saying they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for mayor of New York if the candidate promises to ask Kelly to continue as commissioner. Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who himself got an overall 54 percent approval rating) will be leaving the office at the end of his current term. Interestingly, the saem poll showed the majority of New York’s voters have a favorable opinion of Islam.

Wed, May 16, 2012 House Republicans Defeat Dem Bill to Defund NYPD for (Legal) Counter Terrorism Efforts

by Meira Svirsky

Outrage reigned among the Republican U.S. House of Representatives when New Jersey Democrat Rush Holt introduced an amendment that would have prohibited federal funding for any law enforcement agency engaged in “unconstitutional or unlawful discrimination.”

Holt made it clear his proposal was directed toward the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for racial profiling. Holt referenced the sensational media stories released by the AP revealing that the NYPD had surveilled the Muslim community “simply because they were Muslims.”

There was no mention by Holt that the tactics used by the NYPD to prevent over two dozen terrorist attacks by radical Islamists were completely legal or that the NYPD has been one of the most effective police departments in America fighting crime and terrorism.

The amendment was defeated on almost perfect partisan lines, with only 11 Democrats voting against the measure.

Republican Representatives from New York Peter King and Bob Turner demanded an apology from the Democrats, calling the vote a “shameful surrender to political correctness.”

King added during the debate, "I remember years ago when the Justice Department was going after the Mafia, they went to the Italian American communities. When they were going after the Westies, they went to the Irish American communities. When you're looking for the Russian mob, you go to the communities in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. That's where the enemy comes from.”

“Ninety-nine percent of the people are law-abiding. But if you're looking for the person who is going to that community to carry out a crime, you look in that community. If you're looking for an Islamic terrorist, you don't go to Ben's Kosher Deli. When they were looking for the Italian mob, they didn't go to an Irish bar. They went to the Italian social clubs," King said.

The Republicans defeated the amendment 232 to 193.

Thu, March 15, 2012 New Yorkers Give Big 'Thumbs Up' to NYPD

A newly released poll found that 63% of New York voters approve of the way the New York City Police Department is doing its job, with an overwhelming 82 percent saying that the NYPD has been effective in combatting terrorism.

In addition, a clear majority (58%) think that the NYPD is acting appropriately in dealing with the Muslim community.

"New Yorkers brush aside the gripes about police surveillance of the Muslim community. Voter approval of the way police are handling terrorism is through the roof and overall approval for police in general and for (Police) Commissioner Ray Kelly is undented by criticism," said Maurice Carroll, director of the institute that conducted the Quinnipiac University poll.

The poll comes in the wake of harsh criticism of the NYPD by CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), The New York Times and the Associated Press (AP). The criticism began in January when the Times dredged up a year-old story that the NYPD was showing our film, The Third Jihad, in its counterterrorism training program. A few weeks later the AP revealed that the NYPD had put Muslim student organizations and mosques in the tri-state area under surveillance.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly got a 64 percent approval rating in the poll, with 28 percent saying they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for mayor of New York if the candidate promises to ask Kelly to continue as commissioner. Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who himself got an overall 54 percent approval rating) will be leaving the office at the end of his current term.

The poll also showed that the majority of New York City voters have a favorable opinion of Islam (by a 54 - 23 percent margin).  In addition, 65 percent of those polled believe that mainstream Islam is a peaceful religion.

From March 6 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 964 New York City voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points, through live interviewers,  land line and cell phone calls.

The poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research.

Tue, March 6, 2012 Muslim Coaltion Rallies for the NYPD

Dr, Zuhdi Jasser, the narrator of our film, The Third Jihad, led a coalition of Islamic and Congressional supporters of the counterterrorism efforts of the New York Police Department  in a rally Monday outside the NYPD’s headquarters. The NYPD and its commissioner, Ray Kelly, came under attack close to a month ago by CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and The New York Times, who objected the NYPD’s showing of The Third Jihad in its counterterrorism training.

The assault was joined recently by the Associated Press in an investigation that revealed that the NYPD had put Muslim student organizations and mosques in the tri-state area under (legal) surveillance after September 11. A number of attempted terrorist attacks on New York were prevented by the NYPD from information gained through the surveillance.

Jasser, a former U.S. Naval Physician and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said the coalition wanted to thank the NYPD for monitoring extremists, “a job that Muslims should be doing,” he emphasized.

“If you look at arrests for terrorism, in the last over 200 arrests, over 80 percent have been from Muslims, and yet we are only one and a half percent of the population“ said Jasser. “

Jasser (left) added that he didn’t view the NYPD as over-stepping their bounds. “In no way do we want to we want to be spied on, but this is not about spying. This is about monitoring public programs; the more we overblow the monitoring of Muslim Communities, the more that will serve to radicalize Muslims.”

Jasser defended the NYPD’s showing of The Third Jihad, which proved how that many Muslims groups, like CAIR, purport to be moderate but have radical agendas that include taking over America from within. He compared The Third Jihad to another, patriotic film. “If you look at Third Jihad, also look at movies like “Act of Valor. Here’s a movie about Navy SEALs, the greatest heroes of the United States, that actually says the same thing — they went after Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These are not racism; these are reality films,” he said.

Samir Abdelkhalek, a high school senior at St. Peter’s Boys High School on Staten Island, spoke on behalf of the Muslim Liberty Project, a group of young people affiliated with the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. “As a Muslim, I have nothing to hide,” he said. “I have trust in the NYPD for following people with reasonable belief.”

An imam from Queens, Qazi Qayyoom, joined the event to show his support and gratitude to the NYPD. "They protect us, they allow us to pray in peace; some of us don't have those rights in the countries where we came from," he said. "We thank them."

A business owner on Long Island, Mohammed Hai, 58, who attended the press conference, came to show support the NYPD in their efforts to protect the community. “We are the real Muslims and stand up for the real Islam,” he said.

The news conference ended with comments by Representative Peter T. King (R-NY), head of the House Committee on Homeland Security who praised the “effectiveness” of the NYPD in preventing more terrorist attacks on New York.  “Let’s give a medal to Ray Kelly,“ said King, who pointed a finger at the culprits who are hampering the NYPD’s counter-terrorism effort.  “Let’s denounce The New York Times and the Associated Press for what they are: Left-wing rumor mongers.” King (right) added that these media outlets were “disgracing themselves.”

Late last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement in support of Kelly and the NYPD, saying the NYPD will and should continue the surveillance. “The threat is not going away. We've got to do everything that the law permits us to do to prevent another terror attack. We cannot forget that."

Bloomberg added, "This is not a joke. This is not a political statement or a political football to play with," he said. "We are threatened.”

Bloomberg called the surveillance “legal,” “appropriate’ and “constitutional.”

 

Tue, February 14, 2012 Anatomy of a Smear: CAIR's Attack on The Third Jihad and the NYPD [with VIDEO]

 

The director of The Third Jihad, Wayne Kopping, has made a video documenting the smear campaign being waged against the film by CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and The New York Times.

In connection with New York University's Brennen Center for Law, The New York Times launched a full-scale attack on the film January 24, a year after the Village Voice "broke" the story that the film was being used in training sessions for the New York City Police Department.

The film documents the "cultural jihad" being waged by much of the Muslim leadership in America today. Citing documented sources and expert testimony, the film is careful to report factual evidence.

In an eerie reminder of the focus of the film itself, CAIR, an organization with proven links to terrorist organizations, has tried to get the NYPD Chief of Police (who appeared in the film) fired and have   "deprogramming" sessions instituted by the NYPD. They have already been successful in getting the film yanked from the training sessions, after NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Chief Ray Kelly succumbed to pressure from CAIR and other Islamist groups.

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