Friday, February 21, 2014

NYPD did not target muslims

Under Ray Kelly's 14 year watch as New York's Commissioner of the NYPD, much was made of his efforts to 'target' muslims.  He has gone from that position now, but his legacy is still under scrutiny. Today comes news of a ruling in New Jersey.

From JihadWatch:

NJ judge rules NYPD didn’t discriminate against Muslims with counter-terror surveillance

Robert Spencer 20 February 2014

This lawsuit was a craven attempt to end NYPD counter-terror efforts. If it had succeeded, it would have given a green light to Islamic jihad activity, with the NYPD handcuffed and unable to do anything to stop jihad terror plots. Judge William Martini ruled in favor of common sense: “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.”

AP suffers a blow with this decision as well: they disclosed the surveillance in order to bring an end to it. They failed. But there is no doubt that Islamic supremacists and their allies in the mainstream media will try again, and again, and again, until they get the outcome they want, while free people stand by on the eroding bank of their freedoms and refrain from getting involved in anything “controversial.”

“NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuit,” from the Associated Press, February 20 

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department’s intelligence unit didn’t discriminate against Muslims with far-reaching surveillance aimed at identifying “budding terrorist conspiracies” at Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

In a written decision filed in federal court in Newark, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought in 2012 by eight Muslims who alleged the NYPD’s surveillance programs were unconstitutional because they focused on religion, national origin and race. The suit had accused the department of spying on ordinary people at several mosques, restaurants and grade schools in New Jersey since 2002....

Much more here.  

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