In a truly bizarre bow to media-driven political correctness, New York City’s mayor has disbanded a special police detachment that monitored potential terrorist activity among the city’s sizable Muslim population over concerns about discrimination.
Because as bizarre as it is, in the American media world – and the political world it reflects and helps shape — only a racist would think of looking for Muslim terrorists among Muslim populations.
But this is even more bizarre that that.
According to a New York Times report , the Demographics Unit, as the task force was known, had become a flashpoint between the city’s police department and the Muslim community since it became public knowledge after a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by the Associated Press started in 2011.
What The Times report buries — 18 paragraphs into a 25-paragraph report — is that there was nothing wrong with the program itself, according to a federal judge’s ruling last year in New Jersey.
In a remarkable piece of judicial common sense, Judge William Martini dismissed complaints that police were targeting Muslim communities because of prejudice against a religion or ethnic group and wrote, “The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies.”
More tellingly, Martini wrote in the ruling, if any Muslims suffered harm from the program, it was the Associated Press – not the New York Police Department – that had caused it.
“None of the Plaintiffs’ injuries arose until after the Associated Press released unredacted, confidential NYPD documents and articles expressing its own interpretation of those documents. Nowhere in the Complaint do Plaintiffs allege that they suffered harm prior to the unauthorized release of the documents by the Associated Press. This confirms that Plaintiffs’ alleged injuries flow from the Associated Press’s unauthorized disclosure of the documents.”
For that bit of journalistic derring-do, no doubt inspired purely by the desire to right a wrong and expose government tyranny, the Associated Press won a Pulitzer Prize.
(Coincidentally, one of those AP reporters has moved on to the New York Times and shares a byline on the NYT story about the unit’s disbandment.)
The police unit did no harm but might have acted as a deterrent to terrorists determined to kill Americans. Unfortunately, it fit a media narrative that declares any official action to preempt slaughter by Muslim terrorists is automatically distasteful.
So to sum up: the unit harmed no one, but was guilty in the media mind. A federal judge ruled the media involved actually harmed the people it was claiming to protect.
The media was rewarded; the unit was disbanded.
And New York waits for the next attack.
That is truly bizarre.
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