Donald Trump Muslim Registry: Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly Calls Surveillance ‘Very Effective’
The following is an excerpt from CHRIS RIOTTA | December 26, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
Raymond Kelly, former commissioner of the New York City Police Department, called for a stricter vetting process for immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, defending the city’s controversial surveillance program that President-elect Donald Trump’s potential Muslim registry system could eventually reflect.
The former top cop, who currently serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, said on his AM970 radio show Sunday morning that the city’s demographics unit surveillance program was "very effective" in finding terror leads. The secret program was uncovered by the Associated Press in 2011, before eventually being disbanded in 2014 by Kelly’s successor, Commissioner William Bratton. Kelly maintained the surveillance of Muslim communities was simply "misunderstood" and similar "pro-active policing" would be needed to prevent attacks such as the one targeting a Berlin Christmas market last week that killed 12 people.
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