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Sunday, April 21, 2013

NYPD vindicated. Will the AP apologize?

As soon as Presbyterians begin to preach that planting bombs and killing infidels is the way to heaven, they need to be the subject of police surveillance.  Until then, we'll just have to settle for keeping an eye on the "Religion of Peace."

Looks like it’s time for the Associated Press to give back its Pulitzer Prize.

Just as it’s time for politicians — and especially the press — to stop chewing on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s leg over the NYPD’s so-far-enormously-successful anti-terrorist surveillance programs.

Knock wood on the “successful” part, of course. If America has learned anything about terrorism since 9/11, it’s that the threat is incessant, though hugely unpredictable as to source, specific motivation and any given terrorist’s tool kit of choice.

That is, no one knows what tomorrow will bring, just as no one suspected what was in store for Boston on Monday — Patriots’ Day in the Bay State.
Operating fully within the bounds of a mid-’80s consent decree meant to guide NYPD oversight of radical political activity — as modified by a federal judge post-9/11 — the department went on the lookout for Islamist-inspired terror plots.

But the Associated Press, in particular, was offended, and the agency dogged the department for months. Its stories — some na├»ve, most just wrong and all oblivious to the legality of the program — clearly were intended to shut the Kelly effort down.

That the news agency collected a Pulitzer for its efforts reflects as badly on the judgment of those who run the contest as it does on motives of the AP itself.

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