The NYPD Caves to CAIR

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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On Monday, the New York Post reported on a website where would-be jihadists have been “meticulously dissecting” convicted terrorist Faisal Shahzad’s failure to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in 2010. The purpose of this dissection is to improve the chances of the next bomber’s ability to carry out a mission of destruction. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who has distributed these analyses to law enforcement officials, consider them critical in understanding violent jihad. Thus, it is a little more than ironic that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has been brow-beaten by the American left and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to stop showing the anti-extremist film, The Third Jihad to police personnel. Thankfully, some Muslims have seen through the political intimidation. Enter Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD).

Dr. Jasser, a devout Muslim, refuses to buy into the conventional “wisdom” embraced by both the New York Times and CAIR, both of whom see any attempt to inform police personnel (or anyone else) about the aspirations of violent jihadism as tantamount to Islamophobia. “Last week’s controversy over the NYPD’s showing of the documentary ‘The Third Jihad,’ which I narrated, has brought horrendous distortion of the film and my body of work against radical Islam,” writes Jasser. “It seems obvious that The New York Times, and in its wake the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg, is buying into blatant inaccuracies peddled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations–a group named in federal testimony as linked to the terrorist organization Hamas and one to which the FBI has broken off all ties.”

Times reporter Michael Powell’s latest article, “In Police Training, a Dark Film on Muslims,” is hardly news. It is essentially the re-telling of a story published by the uber-leftist Village Voice newspaper over a year ago, describing the film as “a full-length color feature, with more explosions than a Transformers sequel and more blood-splattered victims than an HBO World War II series.” The Voice contends the film is a “spectacularly offensive smear of American Muslims.” Powell augments that theme. “Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House,” he writes.

If Mr. Powell has bothered to do anything resembling honest reporting, he might have informed his readers that the flag in question can be found in a picture of a poster held by Muslim radical themselves, demonstrating at the site of the 9/11 terror attack in New York during an anti-jihadist rally on February 1st–2006. Powell further notes that the film was shown even as the NYPD “wrestles with its relationship with the city’s large Muslim community” and, as a result of the film’s dissemination, “members of the City Council, civil rights advocates and Muslim leaders say the department, in its zeal, has trampled on civil rights, blurred lines between foreign and domestic spying and sown fear among Muslims.”

Dr. Jasser isn’t buying it. “The facts outlined in ‘The Third Jihad’ are almost entirely based on documents submitted into evidence by federal prosecutors in the largest terrorism-financing trial in American history, US v Holy Land Foundation, et al.,” he writes. “Those documents show the common Muslim Brotherhood origins of CAIR and many of the other groups courted by most of the US media and many government officials, especially since 9/11. The Muslim Brotherhood may have vast differences with al Qaeda on tactics, but they share the same Islamist, global goals,” he adds.

In the 2008 case, United States v. Holy Land Foundation, where five former leaders of a U.S.-based Muslim charity were convicted on all 108 counts of funneling more than $12 million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, CAIR was named as an “unindicted co-conspirator.” As mentioned above by Dr. Jasser, this resulted in the complete severing of ties between CAIR and the FBI. Yet CAIR is nonetheless apparently influencing the NYPD and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to the original Village Voice article, “Zead Ramadan, president of CAIR’s New York board, said he raised the matter [of the film] with police commissioner Ray Kelly when he saw him at a Gracie Mansion celebration of Eid, the Muslim holy day. ‘I told him we’d had this report about a disturbing movie being shown to police officers. The commissioner seemed concerned, but said he knew nothing about it, that a consultant company handled that part of the training. I said, ‘You should review who your consultants are because this is potentially damaging to the city.’ He said he would take care of it.’”

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  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Edward

    The left hates the US.

    The left allies with other US hating groups.

    Hence the Red/Green alliance.

    A repeat of the Red/Brown Stalin//hitler alliance of 1939.

  • StephenD

    I picture the three monkeys; see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. Don't acknowledge it and it doesn't exist. Hell of a strategy isn't it?

  • Brujo Blanco

    We have entered a time in history In which we cannot tell the truth about an enemy because our enemy might be offended. However, we are also expected to accept the lies of our enemy to demonstrate our respect. Islam has an initial objective of removing the Jew from the face of the earth. Then removing the remainder of the non believers. Unless we change political correctness Willkie the death of us.

    • Bill

      What we have today is an enemy who is taking full advantage of our strength and weakness–HUMAN RIGHTS–it will lead to our downfall but what the heck it has been a good ride for most westeners since the end of WW2–only way to stop it as I see it is to separate from them–Stop muslim immigration to the West now–But that ain't gonna happen so enjoy what we have for now

  • Mike

    Stand ready citizens of America. You better believe the day will come when we will all have to pick up a gun.

  • umustbkidding

    I know people that read on this website understand what is at stake. However, I truly do wonder about the uniformed masses.

    Still Muslims may get away with their terror in the big cities, due to political correctness, but in the heart land forget about it. They will be toast.

    • aspacia

      The masses don't want to know, and don't want to be bothered. They want to continue taking their Prozac and have a stress free life.

      • Martin Koschuttnig

        Yes UNLESS something really serious happens, but then it might be too late. Just because some Muslims do not even know their own books…

  • Red Maryland

    What price Churchill?…read the sign in Piccadilly square.

  • nojizyatax

    I rejoice almost every time I read one of these articles for one simple reason. The way the left wing liberal media has so warmly cuddled up to the ultra hard right extremist religion of Islam will be its undoing in the west. It is only a matter of time.

  • Nakba1948

    It would be one thing if the NYPD were receiving a genuine education on the dangers of violent Islamism. Surely, it is a threat, and the American Muslim community recognizes this better than most. But "The Third Jihad" is a conspiracy-ladden smear piece that insinuates that the broader Muslim community and its leadership are plotting to "take over the United States" or institute Sharia law federally, claims so absurd and unfeasible they makes Chicken Little blush. Do you bigoted morons even sit back and think about how nutty you sound to the general public? Didn't think so.

    • joy52

      By general public, I guess you mean liberals. I noticed the caving in came after the film was showed, not before. You muslims, ho, ho, you have a lot to learn. Yeah, go ahead and whine. You just don't get us. You have to love democracy to understand. Politeness and fairness are not capitulation. You are proving the point.

    • 2012

      The Islamists do seek to dominate the world, this is a mission given by Mohammed, so yes they do seek to rule the US. Their orthodox followers are clear on this. You hear someone point this out and what your twisted mind hears is, "THEY ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OVER!!!". Nobody said they are about to take over. You should learn to comprehend english. It is very unlike that the Muslims will take over, but they will kill a whole lot of people in their effort to take over, and we need to be able to speak openly and honestly about the best way to stop them from killing millions of people.

    • Ghostwriter

      Why not,Nakba1948? Few in the Muslim American community want to take the Islamists on. The majority of Americans don't want our country turned into another Iran or Saudi Arabia. The sooner you realize that,the better.

    • al222

      you mean bigoted MUSLIMS like Dr. Jasser who narrated the film?

    • aspacia

      There are approximately 12 million Muslims who hold similar beliefs as those in the film. I have read your book and hadiths on the USC.edu website before it was scrubbed. The problem may not be you being violent, but being silent when your brethren spout their hate and lies. Have you ever had the courage to call them on this? I doubt it. Read the stats. Most of the attempted terrorist attacks in the USA have been made by Muslims.

      Try to read Spencer's arguments and refute them. You will not be able to. The only arguments MORONS like you have are fallacious ad hominem attacks. Remember, most of the UK thought Churchill was nutty prior to WWII and would not listen.

    • Martin Koschuttnig

      Qur'an:9:5 "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."

      Qur'an:9:112 "The Believers fight in Allah's Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed."

      Qur'an:8:39 "Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah."
      Qur'an:8:39 "So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)."

      Qur'an:8:65 "O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding."

      Qur'an:9:38 "Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah's Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place."

      ( this vers destroys the “Jhihad is internal struggle ONLY myth.) In fact there is more then one, on of course is the “internal” but it is the “lesser” of the two, the other is taking up arms.

      A all-knowing deity would surely know that frail humans could misapply his words, and reveal a very precise revelation. But alas unless the words are not those what was given to MoooHammel, we do NOT know what he received, and basically we must rely on HEARSAY only…

      Qur'an:9:123 "Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you."

      Qur'an:8:72 "Those who accepted Islam and left their homes to fight in Allah's Cause with their possessions and persons, and those who gave (them) asylum, aid, and shelter, those who harbored them – these are allies of one another. You are not responsible for protecting those who embraced Islam but did not leave their homes [to fight] until they do so." [Another translation reads:] "You are only called to protect Muslims who fight."

      Internal Struggle? yes it too is mentioned, but it is the smaller of the two, and when I have mooslims here in Europe tellung as they want to see the "shariah-flag" flying over the Buckingham-Palace or the Atonium destroyed as well as sharria-law enferced in the whole of the world, then I do NOT believe people like yourself.
      Either YOU do not know Islam….. in this case please do yourself a favor and learn about it before you say something… or you are lying, like any good mooslim, who wants to mislead the readers….

      • Martin Koschuttnig

        8:66

        or the present Allah has made light your burden, and He knows that there is weakness in you; so if there are a hundred patient ones of you they shall overcome two hundred, and if there are a thousand they shall overcome two thousand by Allah's permission, and Allah is with the patient. ]

        Here the numbers of foes a Muslim army is fighting (as compared to in 8:65) is REDUCED: How in gawds name would this be necessary if “jhihad” is ONLY “internal” struggle, when one is dealing with the own weakness? Muslims who know the damaging evidence found in the their books, are so hell-bent to STOP all the investigation into their “religion” in fact the arabic kooraan is not to be read by a “kaffur” only a believing Muslim.

  • joy52

    The attempted destruction of democracy will ultimately backfire. Sadly, the so-called leveling by the Left, another description for making us all into have-nots, will make possible the seeds of a regrowth. As we know from the Founders, democracy is hard won and not for the timid. We know what it is. They don't know the sleeping giant they are awakening.

  • LindaRivera

    This is one more article that attests to the fact that Muslims, although a minority in this country, are the most powerful group of people in our nation. CAIR, and other Muslim Brotherhood groups have far more power than any group in America. Whenever CAIR makes a demand, their demands are instantly met. No other non-Muslim organization or population group possess such enormous power. Their demands are satisfied by ruling elites regardless of whether giving in to their constant, never ending demands dangerously threatens our security.

    Islam is the ONLY religion that carries out daily terror attacks throughout the world.

    Since 9/11, Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 18,371 deadly terror attacks.
    Terror attacks by other religions: NONE.

    Muslim Brotherhood CAIR, New York City Mayor Bloomberg, and now the New York City Police don't want people to know that.

    WHO IS GOING TO KEEP NEW YORK CITY SAFE?

    • aspacia

      The bigot argue it is the JOOOOS.

  • LindaRivera

    So who is running and controlling New York City? The Muslim Brotherhood is.

  • No Dhimmi tool

    Anyone who has any dealings with CAIR should be charged with providing material support for terrorism. How can we accomplish having Bloomberg, Kelly and the NYPD charged with this crime?
    http://secure-our-schools.com/

    "To the point, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the United States. The Palestine Committee is Hamas in America….

    "With this said, it is important to note that now you are aware of this information, further direct dealings with leaders of Hamas doing business as CAIR means you would be doing so with the knowledge of who they are. This constitutes 'Reckless Endangerment' of the students and employees in your school district, and likely also constitutes 'Material Support of Terrorism' as defined by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2010 (Attorney General Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project). This opens you and the school district up to civil and criminal proceedings."

  • les

    Admin, that annoying reminder in the bottom right corner, stick kindly up into your ars! Thank you.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Mullah Bloomberg has Kelly on a leash and that is all there is to it, the NYPD is
    pressured by political considerations, even those that violate the consciences of
    the individual Officers. I wonder how the Police Unions are taking all of this. Kelly
    is probably getting and ear full from his men but what does the grand Mullah of
    NYC care, he has his magic carpet ride going and does not live in the real world.
    The day will come when it is every man for himself……………………..William

  • spamster

    This may be too subtle for some to realize what is happening. We already have sharia creeping into our society. Some legal decisions based on sharia, sharia communities and sharia complaint business practices exist in the US and more pervasively in Europe. European communities are being torn asunder by Muslims who exhibit disdain for their hosts culture. These things are in the news. It is not some concocted right-wing paranoia. If your political correctness extends so far as to deny reality, then we are lost. Sometimes you must fight for your sovereignty and freedom – see a history book.

  • Matthew Swaye

    Imagine two white grandmothers taken this way. You can't, it’s inconceivable. One can’t picture it. No where in the city can one film two white grandmothers being taken away. Look, S&F is a crime against humanity. Do Black and Brown children of this city deserve no more than criminalization and ridicule? We all have cameras and there’s no logical reason we can’t cop-watch our way out of this cop problem. Cameras on.

    *Raw Footage* Elders Arrested By NYPD in Harlem Jan. 5, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S_Q4KumJNE