NYPD Stands Down on Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing
The New York Police Department announced Tuesday, the first anniversary of the
Boston Marathon jihad attack, that it was disbanding a special unit that had been
dedicated to watching for jihad terror threats in Muslim communities.
That’s good; after
all, who ever heard of a Muslim staging a terror attack? And what better day to announce
such news than the first anniversary of what New York officials evidently think is the last
Islamic jihad attack ever on American soil?
As I show in my book Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In, this NYPD program had been under fire for several years for “profiling” Muslim
communities in New York and New Jersey – that is, for operating on the assumption
that communities of Muslims might be more likely to plot a terror attack than, say,
communities of Amish, or bowling leagues.
Despite cries of rage from leftist and Islamic supremacist groups, this was a sensible
assumption, born of long experience. Just last February, U.S. District Judge William
Martini threw out a lawsuit against the program, explaining that “the police could not
have monitored New Jersey for Muslim terrorist activities without monitoring the
Muslim community itself… The motive for the program was not solely to discriminate
against Muslims but to find Muslim terrorists hiding among the ordinary law-abiding
Indeed. The lawsuit was a craven attempt to end NYPD counter-terror efforts. If it had
succeeded, it would have given a green light to Islamic jihad activity, with the NYPD
handcuffed and unable to do anything to stop jihad terror plots. And that is exactly what
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio did Tuesday when he ended the program, just as he had
promised to do during his campaign last summer. In doing so, he declared: “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.”
Who the “real bad guys” were, de Blasio did not explain; however, as I show in Arab
Winter Comes to America, in Obama’s military there have been several presentations
depicting evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as terror threats, so they may
have been the groups de Blasio had in mind. In any case, de Blasio also did not explain
why counter-terror efforts would create “tension” in Muslim communities full of loyal
American Muslims who reject and abhor jihad terrorism as a twisting and hijacking of
their peaceful religion.
The usual suspects were thrilled. The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR), which has opposed virtually every counter-terror measure that has ever
been proposed or enacted, and whose California chapter once distributed posters advising
Muslims not to talk to the FBI, issued a press release “welcoming” the decision. Likewise
thrilled was New York Palestinian leftist activist Linda Sarsour, who has said that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and equated
it with “racism.” Sarsour is also a frequent visitor to the Obama White House and has
claimed that the jihad underwear bomber was a CIA agent — part of what she claims is
a U.S. war against Islam.
What could be the result of accommodating such forces? The Boston bombing happened
despite the fact that the Russians had warned the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was “a
follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that he “had changed drastically
since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to
join unspecified underground groups.” Coming at a time when the Obama Administration
was jettisoning counter-terror training materials of all mention of Islam and jihad in
connection with terrorism, this was intelligence that FBI agents could not evaluate
properly, or could not act upon properly even if they had wanted to.
The gutting of the NYPD counter-terror program is likely to have similar results. And
given the current dominance of the politically correct paradigm, no matter how high
the bodies are stacked after that attack, officials will not reexamine their core mistaken
assumptions that enabled the attack to be successful. That unwillingness will, in turn, lead
to yet more jihad. Unless there is a massive change in both parties in Washington on how
they think the jihad threat should be dealt with, this will not end well.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times
bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In.