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Holder Probes NYPD’s Surveillance of Muslims; Some Muslims Support the Spying

By Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com

In a new twist in an ongoing controversy, Muslim groups on Monday gathered in Manhattan to thank the New York Police Department for surveilling Muslims in two New Jersey cities and 16 college campuses, NorthJersey.com reported.

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president of the American Islamic Foundation, who attended a rally of about three dozen people, told the paper he saw nothing wrong with NPYD’s actions so long as it collected information in public.

“Maybe they can stop someone before they strap a bomb to their chest,” he said, according to the paper.

The gathering came in the wake  of comments last week by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who told Congress that he has begun an investigation into alleged spying of Muslims by the New York Police Department.

The Associated Press reported that Holder’s department will look into whether the police violated the some Muslims’ civil rights. The attorney general did not give a time frame for completing the probe.

He testified, according to AP, that police should only monitor citizens’ activities  “when there is a basis to believe that something inappropriate is occurring or potentially could occur.”

Documents obtained by the Associated Press show that the NYPD has built databases pinpointing where Muslims live, where they buy groceries, what Internet cafes they use and where they watch sports.

Dozens of mosques and student groups have been infiltrated, and police have built detailed profiles of Moroccans, Egyptians, Albanians and other local ethnic groups, AP reported.

Holder told Congress last week that police seeking to monitor activities by citizens “should only do so when there is a basis to believe that something inappropriate is occurring or potentially could occur.”

Rep Issa Calls Atty. Gen. Holder Inept and Dangerous and Thinks He Should be Fired

Rep. Issa/gov photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The botched ATF gun walking program Operation Fast and Furious continues to stoke anger in Washington.

The latest: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa’s reprimand of Attorney General Eric Holder.

“[Eric Holder is so] inept that he is dangerous to have as the Attorney General,” Issa said on the Laura Ingraham show, reports the Hill. He also said the president should consider removing him from office.

The program is currently under investigation, and it remains in question who in the upper reaches of the Justice Department knew about the operation. But Issa seems convinced already, saying on the show that “the only way the attorney general didn’t know is that he made sure he didn’t want to know,” said Issa. “He doesn’t want to admit that it was felony-stupid.”

And if there’s any question as to the breakdown in trust between the nation’s voters and their elected officials, the 83 comments left on the Hill post are certainly an indication. While there are plenty of comments from all angles, there seems to be overall little sympathy for the Justice Department or the ATF, with vitriol on all sides.

Atty Gen. Eric Holder Favors Modifying Miranda Warning to Give Interrogators More Flexibility

Atty. Gen. Holder on Sunday morning

Atty. Gen. Holder on Sunday morning

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. holder hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit, saying he favors a change in the way Miranda warnings are issued to terror suspects so interrogators have more flexibility.

“I think we have to think about perhaps modifying the rules that interrogators have and some how coming up with something that is flexible and is more consistent with the threat that we now see,” Holder said on Meet The Press.

The statement was in response to the latest case involving terrorist suspect Faisal Shahzad who tried blowing up a car bomb in New York.

Specifically, Holder talked about the public safety exception that was used with Shahzad before he was eventually read his Miranda warning. The exception allows investigators to question a suspect initially to find out if there’s an immediate danger to the public.

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