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April 16, 2014

Disengaging in order to more fully engage?

Filed under: Intelligence and Info-Sharing,Radicalization,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on April 16, 2014

Two separate events, disconnected in any substantive way (as far as I know) but an interesting coincidence in terms of timing:

Monday the Muslim Public Affairs Council held a press conference alongside notable Muslim community leaders at the National Press Club to announce a new campaign to actively prevent violent extremism. Called the Safe Spaces Initiative, the campaign is the first major national grassroots effort to equip American Muslim community and campus leaders with practical tools for developing healthy communities as well as intervention strategies for troubled individuals. You can download the paper from the Safe Spaces website.

Tuesday the New York Police Department said it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups. The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. It brought the NYPD under fire from community groups and activists who accused the force of abusing civil rights and profiling.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “This reform is a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys.”

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 16, 2014 @ 10:37 am

Why has it taken so long?

BTW the courts have upheld certain kinds of profiling! Perhaps some law school could make this important issue a law review note or article subject but if already done I am not aware of it.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 16, 2014 @ 11:06 am

Today at 9:57 AM

@Truthdig: The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Consideration http://t.co/b8tXX3TW9A

Comment by Street Cop

April 16, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

I don’t know why it has taken so long but I can relay a personal experience that others might have experienced.

In the early 1990’s as a young beat cop, the AIDS epidemic scared the hell out of us. If you were bleeding, no cop wanted to touch you. Our fear of AIDS far outweighed the desire to make an arrest. Fast forward 10 years or so…..few cops have contracted AIDS making an arrest. A bleeding suspect is just that, a bleeding suspect. Perhaps a muslim is just that, a muslim. It does take time to figure it out. Some sooner than others. I am okay with that.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 17, 2014 @ 12:57 am

How would the citizens and residents of the Ukraine define HS?

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