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US Attorney General Eric Holder: NYPD's Muslim Surveillance in NJ Is 'Disturbing'

Thursday, March 08, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Attorney General Eric Holder said the NYPD's surveillance of the Muslim population in New Jersey was "disturbing" and is under review at the Justice Department during a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Senator Frank Lautenberg questioned Holder about how New York could spy on Muslim residents in Newark, N.J., without notifying the governor or mayor about its covert operation.

"What I’ve read publicly, again just what I’ve read in the newspapers, is disturbing," Holder said. "And these are things that are under review at the Justice Department."

In Chicago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to defend and praise the NYPD. When asked about the recent FBI in New Jersey criticism of the department's surveillance in Newark, N.J. that mayor said the NYPD has a "daunting task" and has to be perfect every day.

Bloomberg continued, saying the NYPD will "do what they're trained to do. We have the best police department in the world and I think they show that every single day and we have stopped 14 attacks since 9/11 fortunately without anybody dying."

With the Associated Press.

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Comments [6]

Bill from AZ

They didn't notify the Mayor ot Governor, just like you didn't notify the Mexicans that you were sending 2,000 weapons to the drug cartels....what's the difference?

Mar. 08 2012 04:33 PM
Lawrence Furman

The police are permitted to look at public websites, eat in public restaurants, and stand on public street corners; anything they notice while conducting these activities is fair to be used as evidence.

Mar. 08 2012 04:10 PM

Got my pages mixed up Sorry.

Mar. 08 2012 03:48 PM

I meant at half-staff. The flag should be lowered every day for our fallen, not some drug addict diva. She had a beautiful voice but what did she do for the USA? SING??? That doesn't warrant having the flag lowered. Every time I think about this I get angry. My uncles fought in WW1 My dad in and uncles in WW11, cousins in Korea and Viet Nam. Back to MS FOOD STAMP. I hope they make her pay that 200 a month she got for a year back. There are a lot of homeless vets that could really use the food stamps. WTF is wrong with NJ???

Mar. 08 2012 03:47 PM
MzAz from Arizona

What do you expect from a state that lowers the flag at half mast for a drug addict???

Mar. 08 2012 03:34 PM
Dave Sobley from Phoenix, Az

Why are the NYPDS survelliance of muslims disturbing? They are not a peaceful group they want to overthrow this government. Wake up Mr. E. Holder are you that dumb?

Mar. 08 2012 02:56 PM

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