Gov. Cuomo Under Pressure To Investigate NYPD Over Muslim Spying

Commissioner Kelly Doesn't Back Down Or Apologize For Department's Actions

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a demand Monday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to investigate the NYPD’s surveillance tactics in the Muslim community.

This despite the Police Department saying its undercover probes have led to the arrest of nearly 50 terrorists, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Jose Pimentel, Samir Khan and Faisal Shahzad might not be household names, but the NYPD says its undercover work in the Muslim community kept them from blowing up your households.

“We’re going to do everything we can … to make certain something like that doesn’t happen again,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

In defending itself from charges it violated civil rights by spying on mosques, and Muslim businesses, police say they have arrested 44 terrorist like Pimentel — accused of building a bomb to target police cars and post offices — right here in New York City, and they are not going to stop.

“Not everybody is going to be happy, but our primary mission, our primary goal is to keep this city safe and save lives,” Kelly said.

The commissioner was also asked why the NYPD has used federal drug fighting funds — called HIDTA grant (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) — for its surveillance activities in Muslim communities.

“HIDTA money is what you might call broad band. It’s used for many different things by many different agencies,” Kelly said.

Meanwhile, civil rights activists are asking Gov. Cuomo to investigate NYPD surveillance actions in the Muslim community, much as his father, Gov. Mario Cuomo, probed NYPD actions during the Crown Heights riots.

“Governor Cuomo, we hope that you are one of those political figures that can rise above the clamor and be courageous, even though at this particular moment it is popular for Ray Kelly to do surveillance of Muslims,” civil rights activist Normal Siegel said.

Siegel said that Cuomo’s stance is vital.

“The irony here is that Gov. Christie in New Jersey has at least on the record said he is concerned and troubled by what was happening in New Jersey. Where is Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the issue?” Siegel said.

CBS 2’s Kramer tried all day Monday to get a response from Gov. Cuomo’s office, which didn’t respond directly to Siegel’s request.

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  1. jerseyjoey says:

    Muslims are a National Security Risk and our Powers to be are performing the job they were asked to do. If any weak minded politicians think otherwise they should be considered a National Security Risk.

  2. Vince says:

    This isn’t a matter of racial profiling! This is a matter of national security! Menendez and those calling for an investigation into this matter should be ashamed of themselves. Have they forgotten about the tragic events of 9/11, the videotaped beheading of Nick Berg and the countless other atrocities committed against Americans throughout the world? Apparently so. Do they understand RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS ARE OUR ENEMIES! Apparently not. They want us dead! They infiltrated our country before and they’ll do it again if left unchecked. You can take that to the bank! This is just another example of wasting the taxpayers money.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Chairman King. Commissioner Kelly deserves a medal for his efforts in this regard. His good work and the work of the NYPD will keep good Americans safe and secure, (including Muslim Americans). He need not apologize to anyone. The White House occupier does more than enough of that.

    GOOD WORK COMMISSIONER! STEP IT UP AND KEEP IT UP!

  3. Bernard Manning says:

    I am outraged that the NYPD was investigating Newark’s muslims. They should check out Jersey City instead.

  4. DanTe says:

    Just like the K Klux K and the Neo-Na z is are under surveillance, so too should the muslim es. You don’t like surveillance, than stop murdering people as part of your religious rites.

  5. Junior says:

    Sorry, 15 muslims hijacked planes and killed thousands. If it had been 15 hispanics, they would be looking at the hispanics. Get over it.

    1. William says:

      Very well put, because it IS that simple!!

  6. Exxxxno says:

    There was a time when the Nationale Socialist Party in Germany started to investigate then eventually horde Jews into concentration camps, it was wrong then, and its still wrong now. What is happening with Muslims is no different. Just like some people thinking there is nothing wrong with this, the Nazi’s didn’t think they were doing anything wrong either.

    1. Michael H. says:

      We did the same thing to the Japanese during World War 2. It was wrong then and it is still wrong now!

  7. Thanks Commish!! says:

    This man has NOTHING to be sorry about. Protecting us and our loved ones is above everything. People’s feathers will be ruffled and toes will be stepped on. It’s a tough balance between protecting us from ruthless animals and never “violating” us. Something must have redflagged NYPD Intelligence for him to have taken action this way. NOT EVERYTHING can be released to us through the press. Keep that in mind. He’ll take some lumps for this, but he does what he has to do to keep us safe, PERIOD!!

  8. Unreal.... says:

    The G*D damn liberals in this city won’t be happy until another 3,000 innocent lives are taken or maybe 10 times that next time…… We are blessed to have a Police Commissioner with a SPINE. His mission is to keep us safe and you know what, there are still morons out there that thinks that it’s just by CHANCE that we haven’t been attacked again. I’m more afraid of these fools than the terrorists!!

  9. Mary Carroll says:

    Thank God for Mayor Bloomberg & Com.Kelly and the NYPD for keeping the people of NewYork City safe!

  10. What it this be about? I ain't kidding bout it duh. says:

    YOU MORON I WAS BEING SARCASTIC. YOU SHOULD GO TAKE A BATH YOU STINK.

  11. What it this be about? I ain't kidding bout it duh. says:

    I’M COMMENTING THAT THE WORD MUSLIM IS SPELLED INCORRECTLY. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PROOFING OR MAYBE IT’S A LACK OF EDUCATION? MY LOCAL NEWS ANCHORS CONSISTENTLY MAKE ENGLISH ERRORS. WHAT COLLEGE GIVES PASSING MARKS FOR MISTAKES ON ELEMENTARY LEVEL ENGLISH?

    1. Amtracmarine says:

      “What it this be about?. ” ROFLMFAO. You should really proof read your post
      before you come down on others.

  12. Glenn says:

    I tried to make a comment, but I was advised I already had made it. When I went back to see what I hadn’t written the first time I didn’t comment, there was nothing there from either tine I made the comment I either made or didn’t. Along time ago I was taught that computers don’t make mistakes.

  13. Glenn says:

    Someone’s life will surely be threatened over the typo in this articles headline.

  14. Steven says:

    So when something bad happens, the first whine is “why aren’t the police protecting us”, well this is how they are trying to protect us.

  15. The Facts says:

    This story has been milked to death for a week.. Move on. What’s with the media obsession about Muslim persecution complex?

    1. sk says:

      i agree! the media is amking way too much of a big deal about it! if the media did not keep talking about it probably the moslems would be quiet about it too! no one sbeen arrested/beaten /attacked.the media needs to move on!

  16. Esmerelda says:

    Right On !
    Good Man Kelly !
    Finally someone with some backbone
    who wont back down at the first word
    of criticism.

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