My how things have changed since September 11, 2001. NYPD and FDNY were held up as America’s most revered heroes for the way they responded to the attacks. As people rushed out of the towers, NYPD and FDNY rushed in. Just more than ten years later, the FBI is going after the NYPD for conducting surveillance on a Muslim group – the Muslim Students Association (MSA) – with ideological ties to the group that attacked us.
Via CBS New York:
The head of the Newark FBI said Wednesday the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslims in New Jersey has had a chilling effect on the feds’ ability to gather counter terrorism intelligence.
In the annals of policing this is unheard of. Usually people in law enforcement hang together. If they have squabbles they keep it in the cone of silence.
Not this time.
“What we’re seeing now with the uproar that is occurring in New Jersey is that we’re starting to see cooperation pulled back. People are concerned that they’re being followed. People are concerned that they can’t trust law enforcement,” said FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge Michael Ward.
Ward said the NYPD’s spying on mosques and Muslim businesses in the Garden State has caused sources to dry up and made the job of gathering counter terrorism intelligence much more difficult, reports CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer.
Ten years after 9/11, Americans are more polarized than they were before 9/11. Now we’re seeing the polarization of municipal and federal law enforcement officials over groups with sympathies for the goals of those who attacked the United States.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Welcome to Islam, the source of all this division.