What better day to announce such news than the first anniversary of what New York officials evidently think is the last Islamic jihad attack ever on American soil? De Blasio says: “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”
Who the “real bad guys” were, de Blasio did not explain; however, as I show in Arab Winter Comes to America, in Obama’s military there have been several presentations depicting evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as terror threats, so they may have been the groups de Blasio had in mind.
De Blasio also did not explain why counter-terror efforts would create “tension” in Muslim communities full of loyal American Muslims who reject and abhor jihad terrorism as a twisting and hijacking of their peaceful religion.
One thing is certain, however: with a chill on surveillance of Muslim communities as part of counter-terror efforts, Islamic jihadists have been handed a weakness that they are all too willing to exploit.
“NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit,” by Jamie Schram and Daniel Prendergast for the New York Post, April 15 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The NYPD has abandoned its controversial and secretive surveillance program that sent plainclothes police officers into Muslim neighborhoods for the purposes of gathering information on possible terrorist plots, officials said.
Marking a dramatic change of course for the department, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton agreed to disband the largely inactive Demographics Unit, which was started in 2003 in response to the 9/11 terror attacks.
The unit was intended to root out threats by identifying pockets of Islamic radicalization and locations where potential terrorists might gather.
The covert program sent plainclothes officers into restaurants, mosques and just about anywhere else Muslims gathered, to eavesdrop on people’s conversations and gauge people’s feeling toward the United States.
The unit worked in secret until 2011, when the Associated Press published an expose chronicling the NYPD’s exploits in Muslim neighborhoods, causing a rift between the department and minority communities.
“Our administration has promised the people of New York a police force that keeps our city safe, but that is also respectful and fair,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.
“This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”