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Muslim leaders, Congressman King, 9/11 family members and 1st responders support NYPD counter-terrorism efforts

Muslim leaders of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) rallied this morning at 1 Police Plaza in New York City in support of NYPD counter-terrorism efforts. They were joined by Congressman Peter King, 9/11 family members, first responders, and concerned citizens.

NY1 News reported:

The group spoke this morning at a news conference outside police headquarters organized by the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. They say the police department’s counter-terrorism efforts — including the monitoring of Muslim communities in and around the city and at area colleges — is necessary to keep New Yorkers safe.

“The NYPD is carrying out effective surveillance. If they were not doing what they are doing to me they would negligent and remiss in their duties,” King said. “They are doing surveillance at mosques which are public spaces, it’s fine. I have nothing to hide. I have no problem with a police officer monitoring my mosque praying right next to me … does not bother me. As a Muslim American I have nothing to hide,” said Samir Abdelkhalek of the Muslim Liberty Project. “It’s rather denial to not recognize we have a responsibility to root out that radicalization,” said Dr. Zuhdi Jaffer of the Islamic Forum for Democracy.

The New York Daily News added:

The rally, held outside NYPD headquarters in lower Manhattan, was sponsored by the American Islamic Forum For Democracy. The group’s founder, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, narrated “The Third Jihad,’’ a controversial documentary that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was interviewed for, but later deemed “inflammatory.”

Jasser said he wished Kelly “had defended that,’’ but he said the bigger issue is that the department’s surveillance operations were appropriate because of the ongoing threat of attacks.

“We are not here to criticize the NYPD,’’ Jasser said. “But rather to thank them for doing the monitoring of extremists that Muslims should be doing.”

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Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison today after pleading guilty to charges he attempted to conduct the terrorist attack. Afterward, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said. “The case shows once again how our values and the rule of law can keep us safe against those determined to do us harm on behalf of terrorist organizations overseas.”

Keep America Safe chairman Liz Cheney responded to the Obama Administration’s reaction:

“President Obama and his administration still seem to believe they can keep this nation safe by convicting terrorists in civilian courts. We tried that policy throughout the 1990s and gained convictions of key terrorists. None of those convictions prevented the terrorists from attacking us again and again. Americans expect their government to disrupt plots and defeat terrorists before they can attack us. The Times Square bomber’s attack failed not because it was thwarted, but because his bomb failed to detonate. Being lucky is not a responsible counterterrorism strategy, and convictions in civilian courts will not keep this country safe.”