Looking for Jihad in all the right places By MICHAEL A. WALSH (NEW YORK POST OP-ED) 02/20/12)
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There’s a reason New York City has not been hit by radical Muslim
terrorists since Sept. 11, 2001, and its name is the New York City
Closely watching wannabe jihadis not only at home but across the
country and around the world, the NYPD has foiled countless terror
operations, including plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, the
subway system, the Stock Exchange, the trans-Hudson tunnels and JFK
Airport, among others.
But try to tell that to the Associated Press, which for months now
has been waging a journalistic jihad against the NYPD and its
counterterrorism tactics in the name of “civil rights.”
The latest salvo, “NYPD Monitored Muslim Students All Over
Northeast,” discloses that undercover officers kept tabs on various
Muslim student organizations — often viewed as breeding grounds for
freelance jihadism — across New York state and New England and
patrolled their Web sites.
The NYPD “monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than
previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including
the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania,”
writes Chris Hawley. “Police . . . recorded students’ names and noted
in police intelligence files how many times they prayed . . . names
were recorded in reports prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond
The AP story also breathlessly notes that “the latest documents
mention no wrongdoing by any students,” even though “Kelly and Mayor
Bloomberg repeatedly have said that the police only follow legitimate
leads about suspected criminal activity.”
Was the AP born yesterday?
There’s always a gap between what public officials say to
the “gotcha” media and what they actually must do — especially when
it comes to terrorism. If officials could candidly talk about the
daily reports they get about possible lethal jihadist activity, the
country would be in a state of permanent panic.
So — like the Pentagon calling Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s murder of 13
defenseless service members at Fort Hood, Tex., in 2009 “workplace
violence” — they publicly downplay localized, spontaneous jihad, even
as they seek to combat it behind the scenes.
But in some quarters, the “civil rights” meme trumps everything,
including self-preservation. It’s hardly “racist” to prudently note
that Islamic religiosity characterized the 9/11 hijackers, Maj. Hasan
and others and is used as a motivational tool by jihadis.
Nor is it “racist” to note that, too often across the Islamic world,
believers pour out of mosques on Friday nights whipped into a frenzy
by their imams and shouting “Death to America.”
What the NYPD is doing is simply good — and entirely legal — police
work. The events of 9/11 obliged the department to transform itself
from a municipal police force into a combination cop shop,
intelligence service and paramilitary organization that can and does
operate globally, not just locally.
But the modern left is dubious at best about the moral legitimacy of
pro-active self-defense — thus the smugly selfrighteous AP series.
Most Americans — including Muslim Americans — get it.
The AP reports one monitored student saying of the cops: “I can’t
blame them for doing their job. There’s lots of Muslims doing some
bad things and it gives a bad name to all of us.”
That’s a voice of common sense and good will. There should be more
On 9/11, America was shot in the back by 19 devout, praying Muslims,
some of whom had infiltrated our nation posing as “students.” What
the politically correct AP apparently sees as an “oppressed minority”
is correctly viewed by the NYPD as a possible “suspect pool” for the
next attempted terrorist attack.
Attempt they will. Al Qaeda may be operationally damaged, but the
failed Times Square bombing serves as a potent reminder that eternal
vigilance in the war against radical Islam is a price that even
pacifist New Yorkers must pay for the right not to get blown up at
And if that offends the AP, tough. (Copyright 2012 NYP Holdings, Inc.
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