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AAUP Notable Calls NYPD ‘Dumb’

John Wilson, an editor of the blog Academe, run by the American Association of University Professors, has joined the chorus of ostriches screeching about the New York Police Department’s surveillance of Muslim Student Association members.

What bothers Wilson most, notes Malcolm Kline, is that “police resources are being wasted on monitoring the websites of Muslim student groups.” Going on to impugn the NYPD’s smarts, Wilson cavils:

If the people responsible for our security are actually dumb enough to think that they can find out about future terrorist attacks on the website of the Yale Muslim Students Association, what faith can we possibly have in their intelligence to stop actual terrorism?

What’s really dumb, however, is the stubborn refusal of Wilson’s ilk to consider that the MSA, along with other prominent Muslim organizations, were named as co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case in which the FBI exposed a terrorist front.  

And it is discerning, not dumb, to face up to the obvious fact that the Internet is used by jihadis to spread their poison.

Further, it is not dumb but “prudent,” as Michael Walsh wrote in a well-titled op-ed, “Looking for Jihad in All the Right Places,” to take into account that “Islamic religiosity characterized the 9/11 hijackers, [the murderous] Maj. Hasan and others and is used as a motivational tool by jihadis.”

So out of touch with reality are members of the clerisy like Wilson that there’s little hope they’ll ever wise up.     

Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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