This past weekend, for the first time I can recall, mayoral candidate appeared at a forum organized by Muslim and Arab groups. It took place at N.Y.U. on Sunday and lasted more than an hour.
More on John Liu's unexpected inroads with Muslim voters.
On the heels of reports that Attorney General Eric Holder will "review" complaints about the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims, and that the F.B.I.'s Newark chief believes such activities are counterproductive, Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that critics of the policy were motivated by a desire for attention.
In a swipe at New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's assertion that his department's surveillance of Muslims is an effective anti-terrorism tool, the head of the FBI's office in New Jersey said it's actually undermining the bureau's effort to gather information.
Responding to criticism from the New York Times that the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims undermined the mayor's otherwise admirable defenses of religious freedom, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "I'm very proud of my defense of freedom."(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning defended the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey from criticism by Governor Chris Christie and Newark mayor Cory Booker. He also blasted the repeal of a gun law in Virginia that he said would hurt New York City.
Bloomberg rejects criticism from Booker and Christie, doesn't say if the NYPD's Jersey activity continues
Newark Mayor Cory Booker has criticized the N.Y.P.D.'s surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey, but today, during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's regular Friday morning radio appearance, he remained unrepentant.
Bloomberg blasts questions from the Yale president (and reporters) on the NYPD's Muslim-student surveillance
Responding this morning to a question about the NYPD's reported surveillance of Muslim student groups, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "I don’t know why keeping the country safe is antithetical to the values of Yale."(1)