Peter King Slams ‘Left Wing Rumormongers’ In Media For Criticizing NYPD’s Treatment of Muslims

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Congressman Peter King at the rally outside One Police Plaza. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

Republican Long Island Congressman Peter King held a rally outside One Police Plaza this morning to support the NYPD and Commissioner Ray Kelly in the wake of Associated Press and The New York Times reports critical of the department’s monitoring of the Muslim community. Mr. King described these articles as “anti-NYPD” reporting instigated by the Council on American Islamic Relations, which he described as having terrorist ties.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that The New York Times, the Associated Press, other elements of the politically correct media have allowed themselves to be used by groups such as CAIR and I just wish once … just once, the New York Times or the Associated Press instead of calling CAIR a ‘Muslim civil rights organization’ would refer to them as what they are; unindicted co-conspirators in the most major terrorist financing case in the United States,” Mr. King said referring to allegations the group was involved in providing support to Hamas. “That’s what CAIR is, and yet, when you read the papers and you read the reports, it’s anti-NYPD.”

Last month, the Associated Press reported the NYPD conducted widespread surveillance of Muslim student groups and mosques. In January, The New York Times reported the NYPD continuously screened a documentary called “The Third Jihad,” which accuses “homegrown” Islamic groups of waging cultural and violent jihad against America, for officers. Both these reports sparked outrage against what critics described as overzealous and discriminatory surveillance tactics.

Congressman King, who is Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence praised the NYPD’s anti-terror efforts and defended the tactic of investigating specific communities.

“This is such political hypocrisy. When you think that, for instance, in the years when the government was going after the mafia, they went to the Italian-American community. I’m Irish-American, when they were going after the Westies, they went into the Irish-American community, because that’s where the threat was coming from,” Mr. King said. “The fact is, the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding Americans, but the threat to our civilization today comes from that small minority within the Muslim-American community and thank God that Ray Kelly is working to make sure that we find out who they are.” Continue reading “Peter King Slams ‘Left Wing Rumormongers’ In Media For Criticizing NYPD’s Treatment of Muslims”

Bloomberg and Christie Describe NYPD-New Jersey Relations Quite Differently

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t see eye to eye with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on how much information New Jersey is getting from the New York City Police Department.

Yesterday, Governor Christie indicated his state was receiving very little information. “9/11 was not prevented because law enforcement agencies weren’t talking to each other, they were being selfish, they were being provincial, they were being paranoid, they were being arrogant,” he warned. “I do not want to return to those days.”

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Morning Read: A Shaken Liu; Cuomo Knocks Spitzer and Paterson; On To Super Tuesday

Asked if he would run for mayor or run for re-election after the arrest of his campaign treasurer yesterday, a “shaken” John Liu told reporters “I’m going to sort out what exactly happened and figure out how to move forward.

Jia Hua, John Liu’s campaign treasurer, likely has the option to “trade up” to federal prosecutors, according to noted defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman. “If you are the campaign treasurer, and you can give them the candidate, you can get a lot of mileage in an effort to cooperate with the government.”

Andrew Cuomo took a bold swipe at both Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson in his speech at the Citizen’s Budget Commission. “Relatively, we have made progress in Albany. It has been 14 months since the governor of the state was indicted or admitted committing major felonies,” he said. Continue reading “Morning Read: A Shaken Liu; Cuomo Knocks Spitzer and Paterson; On To Super Tuesday”

Hikind on NYPD Critics: ‘These People Are Nuts!’

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Assemblyman Hikind (Photo: Getty)

On his radio show last Saturday night, Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind took some time to castigate the harshest critics of the recently-revealed New York City Police Department surveillance program of Muslim mosques and businesses, and especially the New Jersey politicians calling for an investigation into the NYPD’s actions in their state.

“Recently, it all started with the Associated Press when they came out with a report, a  study, of … what the police department is doing is too intrusive, they’re invading Muslim mosques and they’re doing this, they’re doing that, and they’re doing the other thing,” Mr. Hikind explained, mocking the critics’ claims. “As the days go on, more and more people, especially Democrats and people on the left, are criticizing, asking for investigations. A Senator from New Jersey, I think Menendez is his name, asked for the Justice Department to look into this. I mean, these people are nuts! Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark, same thing.”

“They’re very, very upset. I think it is so ridiculous. I think these people are endangering all of us,” he added.

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Ray Kelly: ‘Spying’ Is a ‘Pejorative Term’

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Congressman Pete King, hosting John Gambling’s radio show this morning, interviewed New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly about the recent criticism the NYPD has received over its extensive surveillance of Muslim businesses and mosques. Both the interviewer and interviewee blasted the media for calling the NYPD’s actions “spying.”

“I just wish the media would show some responsibility and use the words ‘surveillance’ or ‘police investigation’ rather than ‘spying.’ To use that term, to be accusing you of ‘spying,’ is, to me, really offensive,” Mr. King said, asking Mr. Kelly what he thought of the issue.

“It’s a pejorative term, it sells well,” Mr. Kelly responded. “They forget we’ve the subject of 14 plots since 9/11 … We’ve been lucky. We just have been lucky.”

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Bloomberg on NYPD Spying: We’re Going to Do Everything We Legally Can

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On John Gambling’s radio show this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took some time to defend the New York Police Department, which is under criticism for spying on Muslims throughout the Northeast, including sending an agent on a whitewater rafting trip while counting how many times a day some Muslim students prayed. Today, the Associated Press further reported the NYPD “targeted Muslim mosques with tactics normally reserved for criminal organizations.” Mr. Bloomberg didn’t have any problem with these actions, however.

“Our primary objective is to prevent things from happening,” Mr. Bloomberg explained. “We’ve got to do everything that the law permits us to do to prevent another terror attack, and we cannot forget that.”

“We’re going to continue to take all possible legal steps to keep this city safe. We’re going to follow all possible leads wherever they take us,” he repeated later in the interview.

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Frappuccino Firebombing Exposes Lingering Tensions Between NYPD and Muslims

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Imam Maan Al-Sahlani at this afternoon's press conference. (Getty)

A Starbucks Frappuccino may have been the catalyst for a crime that made waves from City Hall all the way to Iraq and exposed simmering tensions between the NYPD and New York’s Muslim community. As of this writing, police are questioning a person of interest in a spree of Molotov cocktail attacks that occurred Sunday night at five locations in Queens and Long Island including the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, a Muslim mosque, community center and school in Jamaica, and a bodega on nearby Hillside Avenue. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters at a press conference at Al-Khoei this afternoon that police believe one person was responsible for the attacks and that the firebomber may have been angered after workers at the bodega stopped him from stealing a Frappuccino. At the same presser, Commissioner Kelly shot down a reporter who asked about police surveillance of Muslims and mosque officials quieted a man who interrupted the proceedings by angrily shouting about the NYPD’s “attack” on Pakistanis. Continue reading “Frappuccino Firebombing Exposes Lingering Tensions Between NYPD and Muslims”