Speaking for the NYPD spokesman on a Muslim surveillance program

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The A.P. reported this weekend that the NYPD monitored Muslim student associations outside New York, as far away as Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. In the story, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne offered a list of 12 people arrested for terrorism activities who had once been members of Muslim student associations.

"As a result, the NYPD deemed it prudent to get a better handle on what was occurring at MSAs [Muslim Student Associations]," Browne told the A.P. He said that the surveillance was done selectively, only targeting students whose activities the police determined to be suspicious.

A column in the New York Post today by Michael Walsh, who lives in rural Connecticut, made a much broader and unapologetic defense of the department's interest in Muslim student associations.

"What the politically correct AP apparently sees as an 'oppressed minority' is correctly viewed by the NYPD as a possible 'suspect pool' for the next attempted terrorist attack," Walsh wrote.

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He suggested that the police would be saying the same thing if they were at liberty to do so: "There’s always a gap between what public officials say to the 'gotcha' media and what they actually must do — especially when it comes to terrorism," he wrote.

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