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

Ray Kelly, outgoing NYPD commissioner

Ray Kelly, outgoing NYPD commissioner

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.

Muslim Advisory Council Honors Ray Kelly

Submitted by Emily on Sun, 2013-12-15 06:29


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.

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.”


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