NYPD surveillance criticized by FBI in N.J.

A turf war fully comes into the open:

The comments today are the strongest denunciation of the NYPD tactics by a law enforcement official so far. The comments follow complaints from New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Senator Robert Menendez and Newark mayor Cory Booker.

The reactions from New Jersey officials stand in sharp contrast to the the reactions from New York lawmakers, which have ranged from full-throated and strong support for Kelly, to mild statements questioning the practice’s effectiveness.

Which is to say there seems to be a very heavy jurisdictional element to the fight over the surveillance program, in the sense that it has become a turf way between New Jersey and New York and now, publicly, between the F.B.I. and the NYPD.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne strongly rejected Ward’s characterization.

"Contrary to Mr. Ward’s assertions," Browne said, "the NYPD has established strong ongoing relations in the Muslim community, and our intelligence gathering has led to the capture of the radical converts."

My story:

[Councilman Jumaane] Williams, a freshman Democrat from Brooklyn, said he and others have repeatedly called for meetings with Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, but have been rebuffed.

"If you don’t have it, you cannot blame a city who feels under siege with whatever way they have to react to get the respect that we deserve," he said.

Later he told reporters, ”We can’t blame people for reacting however they’re going to react when our leaders won’t even acknowledge there’s a problem.”

I asked him to elaborate, and he said, “There’s only but so much disrespect and feeling, you know, like someone is in your community to hurt you and harm you and you’re paying these people to do it.”

NYPD Ray Kelly’s apology, re: The Third Jihad

via NYPD spokesman Paul Browne:

Statement by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly:

Nearly five years ago, I agreed to be interviewed about terrorist threats by a filmmaker with bona fides that included former employment with Dateline NBC and the White House for what ultimately would be released as “The Third Jihad.”  While it never became part of the Department’s curriculum, and was not authorized for any training, regrettably it was shown in a room where officers who were filling out paperwork or on break from actual training had an opportunity to view it over an extended period in 2010. When a police officer offended by its content brought it to the attention of Department officials, it was withdrawn. I offer my apologies to members of the Muslim community, in particular, who would find the film inflammatory and its airing on Department property, though unauthorized, to be inappropriate.


Here’s the full documentary (it runs for well over an hour) that was shown to about 1,500 police officers in 2010 and yesterday was rebuked by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD, even though NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly sat down for an hour-and-a-half-long interview with the filmmaker.

This morning, the Times editorial page called on Kelly (who even gets a credit at the end) to “apologize for the film.”