Critics claim that the NYPD profiles Muslims. However, as long as militant Islam kills Americans, the NYPD’s surveillance of potential Islamic suspects is no more anti-Muslim than sending organized-crime specialists into Little Italy is anti-Italian.
Kelly outlined his department’s outreach to local Muslims.
“We hold an annual pre-Ramadan gathering with more than 500 religious and community leaders,” Kelly said. “We sponsor youth soccer and cricket leagues whose members are predominantly young Muslim men. We assign a direct liaison to the Muslim community and train all of our officers in the diverse cultural and religious traditions of the faith. We have a Muslim police officers’ society with more than 300 members and a Muslim Advisory Council made up of prominent community leaders.”
“Our enemies are smart, patient, and committed,” Kelly commented. “In addition to the recent cases I mentioned, since 9/11 there have been plots to blow up the Herald Square subway station; to attack synagogues in the Bronx and Manhattan; to detonate the fuel lines that run under John F. Kennedy airport; to conduct suicide bombings on three rush-hour subway lines; to explode a car bomb in the middle of Times Square; and to attack post-office buildings and returning U.S. troops with pipe bombs, just to name a few. . . . What we can’t count are the additional plots that did not take place as a consequence of our vigilance.”
New York City has survived at least 16 terror conspiracies since 9/11.
“The terrorist threat to the United States is as dangerous as ever,” Kelly concluded. “New York remains squarely in the crosshairs of global terrorism. This is a time for vigilance, not complacency.”
Against this terrifying backdrop, meanwhile, the Oval Office’s current occupant shabbily contorts himself to hoist his shoe bottom atop the presidential desk while standing and chatting on the phone. (Who does this?) He fled the Situation Room during the bin Laden raid to play cards. After addressing America on August 31 about striking Syria, Obama raced from the Rose Garden to his 141st presidential golf outing. His serpentine mismanagement of the Syrian fiasco boasts the twists and turns of a sidewinder, but none of its bite. Meanwhile, this farce’s soundtrack features Russia’s Vladimir Putin strumming Obama like a balalaika.
Obama makes it easy to forget the phrase “adult supervision.” To rediscover it instantly, however, look to New York’s top cop, Ray Kelly.
— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. Murdock is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.