In a move calculated to sacrifice truth and accuracy for political correctness, plaintiffs in two federal lawsuits are seeking to do more than merely sanitize a New York City Police Department lengthy report on Islamic terrorism — they want it to disappear.
This is all part of a secret negotiation process the city has entered into in an effort to settle the suits filed against the NYPD due to its monitoring of mosques, the New York Post disclosed Sunday in an exclusive report.
The groundbreaking, 92-page report, titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” angers critics who say it promotes “religious profiling” and discrimination against Muslims. But law-enforcement sources say removing the report now would come at the worst time — after mounting terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris, Boston, Sydney and Ottawa.
Here in New York, Zale Thompson, a man who heeded online calls by ISIS for jihad, attacked two NYPD officers with a hatchet in October.
“The harm is that it sends the message that the NYPD is going to back down on its counterterrorism effort in the name of political correctness,” a former NYPD official told the Post. “Shame on the NYPD if they do.”
In addition to yanking the report, plaintiffs in the lawsuit are seeking to completely halt all police surveillance within the Muslim community, and remove any reports that resulted from prior surveillance.
If the plaintiffs have their way, all reports will go “poof!” as though they’d never existed. The Post reported:
With what seems today like a crystal ball, the 2007 NYPD report identified an “emerging threat” — al-Qaida-inspired jihadists in the United States and abroad, hell-bent on attacking their host countries.
“Radicalization is something the NYPD saw happening in Europe,” said the former NYPD official. “It was prescient in identifying this phenomenon and predicting it would increase.”
The report’s warnings included, according to the Post:
- “The majority of radical individuals began as ‘unremarkable’ — they had ‘unremarkable’ jobs, had lived ‘unremarkable’ lives and had little, if any criminal history.”
- Most terrorist wannabes are reasonably well-educated male Muslims between ages 18 and 35, local residents, second- or third-generation with roots in the Middle East or South Asia, and from middle-class families.
- “The Internet is a driver and enabler for the process of radicalization” — providing information on extremist beliefs to practical advice on constructing weapons
- Recent converts to Islam can be the most radical. “Their need to prove their religious convictions to their companions often makes them the most aggressive.”
- Potential jihadists flock to mosques as their religious beliefs deepen, then withdraw from them when “the individual’s level of extremism surpasses that of the mosque.”
- Once a person is radicalized, an attack can happen very quickly. “While the other phases of radicalization may take place gradually, over two to three years, this jihadization component can be a very rapid process, taking only a few months, or even weeks.”
Muslim groups filed their lawsuits in a Brooklyn federal district court after the Associated Press exposed the NYPD counterterrorism’s practice of surveilling mosques.
Those who blithely go through life ignoring the truth are often represented by three monkeys that hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil.
New York may soon be adding read no evil to the list.
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