It was recently revealed that the NYPD secretly monitored college students throughout the Northeast, something that received particularly strong criticism from the president of Yale University, Richard Levin, who wrote “the police surveillance based on religion, nationality, or peacefully expressed political opinions is antithetical to the values of Yale, the academic community, and the United States.” After Mayor Michael Bloomberg finished a press conference earlier this afternoon, he was nonplussed when asked about Mr. Levin’s remarks.
“I don’t know why keeping the country safe is antithetical to the values of Yale,” he responded. “Yale’s freedoms to do research, to teach, to give people a place to say what they want to say, is defended by the law enforcement throughout this country that works very hard to make sure that we are safe.”
“Of course we’re going to look at anything that’s publicly available in the public domain and we have an obligation to do so. It is to protect the very things that let Yale survive,” he added. Read More