Muslims Rally To Support NYPD, Say Surveillance Is Not Spying But Good Police Work

Others Stand By Belief That Police Department Severely Overstepped It Bounds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a rally held Monday in support of the NYPD’s controversial monitoring of Muslims.

In a twist, Muslim groups were the organizers and support what some call “spying.”

While many Islamist organizations are aiming their attacks at the NYPD, some Muslim voices have been raised in support of the Police Department.

“The NYPD is not spying. The NYPD is carrying out effective surveillance,” Rep. Peter King told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane At The Rally

The Department has been under fire for monitoring mosques, Muslim merchants and student groups. Critics, like many seen over the weekend, call it race-based spying.

But on Monday, many Muslims gathered to say it’s not spying; it’s good police work, necessary to keep the city safe from terror.

“Those who undermine the NYPD — trust me — they are the enemies of freedom, liberty. They may not say so but their hidden message is very clear,” said Tarek Fatah of the Muslim North American Congress.

One sign didn’t say “New York,” but rather “American Muslims Support NYPD.” Most of the speakers came from outside the state. There was one New Yorker who took the podium, a young Muslim who’s a senior at a Catholic school on Staten Island.

“My name is Samir Abdelkhalek,” he said, adding he would have no problem with the NYPD conducting surveillance at his mosque.

“No, I would not. I’m in a public place. I have nothing to hide. I love my country and I really have nothing to hide from the NYPD,” Abdelkhalek said.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

But other local Muslims had harsh words for the event.

Linda Sarsour of the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition said police should not be monitoring Muslims without reasonable cause.

“I think this is a shameful event. We will continue to say that the NYPD is religiously profiling the entire Muslim community,” Sarsour said.

From “pro-NYPD” to “con” there’s no sign this dispute is going away.

The NYPD surveillance effort crossed over into New Jersey, angering Gov. Chris Christie. On Monday, Christie said he “may” revoke the policy that gave the NYPD limited authority to operate in the Garden State.

How do you feel about the NYPD’s surveillance program? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Mohammie

    I know you cannot see it but I am waving the sole of my sandal at you.

  • vince a

    Good police work indeed!

    Tarek Fatah deserves much praise for his support of the NYPD’s efforts. He hits the nail squarely on the head when he says; “Those who undermine the NYPD — trust me — they are the enemies of freedom, liberty. They may not say so but their hidden message is very clear,”

    If Sarsour believes the NYPD severely overstepped its bounds, perhaps she needs to leave the United states and move to a country that is more accommodating and respectful of its citizens, (perhaps Syria)!

    Keep up the excellent work Commissioner!

  • Rodin

    That Muslims would rally with Peter King, the most virulent anti-Muslim bigot in Congress, whatever the cause, is nothing if not stupefying.

    • William

      You know what idiot…. it won’t be you Athiest Liberal A$$ that will die in another attack…. I’m sure that your old A$$ is usually safe at home!!! Morons like you weaken this country..

      • Rodin

        No arguments? Insults.

        • William

          Your comments and frankly your way of thinking put our lives in danger and give those who are looking to do us harm greater opportunity to do so……. You DESERVE insults mister!!

          • Rodin

            Still without arguments?

    • The Facts

      Congressman King is not a bigot. He opposes the fifth column terrorists among us and has good reason to do so.

  • Julian Penrod

    If your only criterion was “security”, you could justify everything from issuing a schedule that people must keep to or be punished up to specialized lobotomies. If you require only that bodies keep moving, not necessarily even thinking, you can “justify” anything. It is when you go beyond the requirement of just “rank and file” bodies continuing to move that you touch on principle and ethic and the essence of humanity. So many have foregone their call to being humanity, asking nothing more than just to keep walking. They will not see it, they are fundamentally, spiritually incapable of seeing it, but this is a tragedy. They are unable to perceive that you should preserve the higher qualities of human nature. Theirs is a leprous way to be, but they are incapable of seeing that. Not for them, for example, the revelation, that those who understand human nature see, that the greatest security is if someone else is your friend. Friends to not attack friends. But, from surreptitious regime change to fomenting insurrections to destabilizing legitimate governments to installing dictators to rape countries of their natural resources to invading non-aggressor nations, the U.S. has been an enemy to the entire non-industrialized world since at least the end of World War II.

    • The Facts

      Take the next plane out.

    • Deborah Jeffries

      I’m gonna be honest with you: I just farted. And I am NOT opening a window, or even leaving my seat. I’m steeping in my own aroma.

      • Rodin

        Nothing like enlightened discourse. As the saying goes, he who farts in church sits on his own pew.

      • John McQuillan

        Wanna get married?

  • You

    Hahaha the dumb LIBS get mud on their faces again!!! I love it!!!! Listen if they got nothing to hide then let the cops spend money on surveillance of nothing. I’d rather they spend it doing that than other dumb stuff like enforcing silly summonses.

  • Nicodemio

    First they came for the Muslim.
    That’s ok I’m not a Muslim.
    Than they for the Mexican.
    That’s ok I’m not Mexican.
    Next they came for the homosexual.
    That’s ok I’m not a homosexual .
    Than they came for me.

    • The Facts


      • Rodin


        First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

        Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

        Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

        Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

        German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor

  • Native New Yorker

    Some Muslims (presumably speaking for all) oppose police surveillance. Other Muslims (presumably speaking for all) support police surveillance. Which of these is the OFFICIAL OPINION OF ALL MUSLIMS?

  • Nicodemio

    We have become a nation of cowers, that feel we must give up our civil liberties in exchange for security.
    This is the same thing the Jews encounter in nazi Germany.
    PS. I’m not a Muslim.

    • The Facts

      Nobody here is exterminating iinnocent people.

      • Rodin

        Hmmmmmm…. Sure of your Facts? What of those drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan…? Oh, “collateral damage.” OI forget.

        • Rodin

          On second thought, the drones ARE needed to bomb the terrorist training camps.

  • William

    Men like Peter King and Ray Kelly keep us and our kids safe!!!! That is a fact that all of the protesting in the world won’t change their policies. It’s a shame that some of our fellow New Yorkers don’t get it!!

  • pugphan

    I still wondering what prophecies your bogus prophet made, and what miracles he performed.

  • PETE

    Muslims have to clean up their own act. If they want to live in this country, they have to be Americans first, and then whatever they want to be. The NYPD is right on track! We have to watch out for our enemies from within. We used to be a Free Country, we are that not anymore because of MUSLIM Terrorists, not because of Catholic, Protestant or Jewish Terrorists, as there were never any. Radical Muslims in this country abuse our RIGHT to live in freedom and peace, Their RIGHT to Liberty and Freedom does not give them the right to be Terrorists, or engage in any act to harm this country which gave them LIBERTY and FREEDOM. Born or not born here, they should be locked up and deported. We must also get rid of all the politicians who do not know, or have forgotten, on which side to stand to represent us, the American People!!

    • Mike Lewis

      Hey Pete, if you hate Muslims so much, then why do you take their money ? I would like to see you spend billions of dollars on products from the US. Why don’t you tell the companies in the US to stop taking Muslim money if you are so brave.

    • PETE

      The fact is that they take OUR money. Do you ever read the papers or have you ever heard of Oil? If you are driving a car, that is the money you give them. If it was not because of that, they still would be sleeping in tents and have sex with their sheep. Muslims in this country came to America because of that, but some of them have forgotten this, and now abuse that privilege.

  • vince a

    Kudos to the Muslim group involved in support of the NYPD!

    There are “bad apples” everywhere in life, business, politics, sports and ethnic groups.

    The excellent work by the NYPD will ultimately provide for a greater level of security for ALL US citizens.

    Keep up the good work Commissioner Kelly!

  • niklu52

    Bottom line…. If we were at war with Mars…. wouldn’t we be on the watch for martians?
    Not Irish, not Italian, … martians

    I agree with PL

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  • PL

    Well. despite it being ten years later, it’s heartening to see that at least one group of Muslims have stepped forward. The deafening silence from the Muslim in the US has caused this kind of distrust and the resulting surveillance.

  • Very conservative

  • Vlad

    Rep. King is ABSOLUTELY correct. Let’s face it.

  • The Facts

    It’s about time that loyal Muslims stood up for themselves in support of our country.

    • Rodin

      “OUR country?” Isn’t it THEIR country too?

      Don’t you ever get tired of your foolishness and blather?

      • William

        Don’t YOU ever get tired of YOUR blather?? Christ knows WE do…… Why don’t you go write a friggin’ book Rodin…. NOBODY really enjoys reading your nonsense…..

    • Fahad Bin Mamoon

      To the Muslims who took part in that rally:
      dear brothers and sisters, please convert to Christianity or any other religion. you’re not worthy of calling yourself a Muslim. What you did today will go down in history as one of the shameful events in the history of Islam. Nobody likes a man who has no self-respect or dignity for himself or his community. Even pigs have more self-respect than you are. What you did today was like a raped woman is thanking his rapist for the rape. You’re a shame and disgrace for Islam and for America as well. No self-respecting American will support a program that is intended to spying on them. yet you complain that you’re being discriminated cause you’re Muslim. You deserve this cause you’ve sold your soul to the devil. God forbid, if i go to hell, my only regret would be that i have share it with people like you.

    • B. E.

      We need more Ray Kelly’s and Peter King’s! Thank GOD there are people like them who care for us. There will always be these leftist leaning people who are just too blind to see that they are also being protected! These will be the same people who will scream and shout they not being protected if they are targeted.
      We need an Army of Ray Kelly’s!

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