NEW YORK (PIX11)—The narrator of the controversial "Third Jihad" documentary -- which caused so many headaches for New York City Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly -- defended Kelly's tactics of doing surveillance on Muslim businesses and college student associations on Monday.
"When you look at terrorism arrests, of the last 200 arrests, over 80 percent have been from Muslims, yet we're only 1 ½ percent of the population," Dr. Zuhdi Jasser pointed out, in a press conference outside Police Headquarters in downtown Manhattan. "If we can't speak up as Americans, I might as well live in Syria."
"Listen, Rep. King can say whatever he wants to say to defend his buddy, Ray Kelly. This is New York politics," the New Jersey governor began. "I understand how great they think they are. They are not all-knowing and all-being."
Christie continued that New York law enforcement, even Ray Kelly, needs to coordinate with authorities in his state. "You're going to come into New Jersey? Make one phone call!--to the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark." Christie pointed out that two members of the JTTF in Newark are investigators from the NYPD. "How about they just tell his guys what they're doing," Christie said sarcastically, in reference to Kelly.
Regarding King, Christie--a former United States Attorney--continued, "I'll put my record up to fighting terror in this country against King's anytime. I'll stand up to him anytime."
Earlier, Christie pointed out, " I prosecuted terrorism cases. He never did."
Congressman King appeared with the Muslim-American groups at the Manhattan rally for Commissioner Kelly, noting that after the first, World Trade Center bombing in 1993, law enforcement failed to see the larger threat that ultimately exploded with the 9/11 terror attacks nine years later, leaving nearly three thousand people dead. "I think there are a number of attacks, throughout the 90's, that at the time we did not realize were part of a much larger mosaic and threat to the United States," King told PIX 11. King was responding to a question about one attack at the Empire State Building in 1997, when an elderly Palestinian man sprayed bullets at more than a half dozen tourists on the 86th floor Observation deck, killing one of them.
Governor Christie was upset about the NYPD monitoring a Muslim Student Association at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, but one of the Muslim activists today insisted the associations can be a breeding ground for terror plots. Tarek Fatah, who's with a group called the Muslim Canadian Congress, said, "The 'Toronto 18' terrorists all came from a background of Muslim Student Associations."
And Jasser, the "Third Jihad" narrator, pointed out that American-raised Al Qaeda leader, Anwar al-Awlaki--who was killed by a CIA drone last fall in Yemen--was also a product of a Muslim Student Association. Jasser said the surveillance programs are about national security. "This is not about spying," he insisted.