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NYPD Commissioner to Meet with Muslim Leaders

Monday, March 05, 2012

The New York Police Department's commissioner plans to meet with Muslim leaders amid criticism of police monitoring of Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sheik Moussa Drammeh says he received a phone call asking him to meet with Commissioner Raymond Kelly on Tuesday. The founder of the Islamic Leadership School in the Bronx says he's not sure what the meeting is about.

Several other Muslim leaders were invited. It's unclear how many will attend.

The police department hasn't commented on the meeting.

The NYPD has been criticized by many Muslim groups and politicians after The Associated Press reported the department secretly monitored Muslims across the Northeast in the years since Muslim extremists destroyed the World Trade Center. Although, on Monday, some Muslim-American groups came out in support of the NYPD.

Kelly has said he's doing everything within the law to protect the city from another attack.

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Comments [1]

MrDimwit

Well, well, well...someone's light bulb turned on, finally. It shouldn't have to take a ton of public outcry to coerce the NYPD commish to actually speak face to face with other local leaders, but hey, we'll take it nonetheless.
It would have been prudent to have already had some meetings with leaders of some of the local religious groups. They could have done so without actually tipping their hand as to any surveillance activity.

This particular meeting should go a long way toward easing the tension between the authorities and the citizens involved. However, we have yet to see whether the police commish, and the few politicians who support his recent actions, are willing to admit that they've wasted their time and our public resources on a witch hunt.

Unless of course, the NYPD commish is having the meeting so he can divulge the long list of criminal activities he has uncovered during these covert surveillance missions, such as the one with the students that went whitewater rafting. (I'll bet they were feeding classified salt&vinegar document chips to the fish.) So unless he is going to arrest everyone who attends the meeting, the commish should apologize or give up the goods.

Mar. 06 2012 12:13 PM

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