An NYPD backer dares the attorney general to ask Kelly questions about surveillance

Briefing: Sekulow. ([blog.beliefnet.com])
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A new Associated Press report says that the New York Police Department kept records on businesses owned by certain people "specifically because they were Muslim," sparking another round of debates about the practice.

Reacting to the report, one supporter of the NYPD may have inadvertently proposed something critics of the surveillance program would gladly get behind.

Appearing on Fox earlier today, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said it was ridiculous for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the police department based on the A.P.'s reporting.

"The attorney general is opening an investigation based on newspaper accounts?" he said. "How about talk to Ray Kelly."

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Having the NYPD answer to an outside agency about what it's doing is, actually, a major goal for some critics of the department.

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NYPD Surveillance

The latest Associated Press story says the NYPD monitored businesses owned by people "specifically because they were Muslims." [Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo]

Flashback: In 2006, Ray Kelly told the New Yorker "I think profiling is just nuts." [Capital]

Bloomberg puts the controversy into context. [Jill Colvin]

A blogger accuses the mayor of being complicit in racial profiling. [Seth Freed Wessler]

On Fox, an NYPD supporter said, "The attorney general is opening an investigation based on newspaper accounts? How about talk to Ray Kelly." [blog.beliefnet.com]

A judge, also appearing on Fox, asked, "Should the FBI arrest the New York City cops for using surveillance equipment without a search warrant?" [FoxNewsInsider.com]

Jobs

The city D.O.I. busts the city's largest job-placement agency for padding its numbers. [Michael Powell]

Albany

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly wants Cuomo to block Judge Roanne Mann's maps from becoming law, saying it won't help Cuomo's presidential prospects in 2016. [Liz Benjamin]

A reporter asks when Democrats who oppose the redistricting compromise will turn their attention to Cuomo? [Casey Seiler]

Silver asked the AFL-CIO to stop running ads against Cuomo's pension plan. [Ken Lovett]

In pushing for Dream Act in Albany, a legislator reminds Cuomo he's supposed to be the "students' lobbyist." [Nick Reisman]

Newburgh officials may ask Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate cops who fatally shot a 22-year-old suspect. [Times Hearld-Record]

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On Fox, an NYPD supporter encourages Holder to talk directly with Kelly about NYPD surveillance. [blog.beliefnet.com]

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Hillary Clinton at the International Women of Courage Awards. [Dept. of State] P030812SH-0014

Michelle Obama and the first lady of Ghana. [Sonya Hebert]

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Somebody makes Rahm Emanuel laugh. [Edward Reed]