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In Praise of the NYPD

I have written a couple of blog items defending the NYPD’s Intelligence Division from the animadversions of the Associated Press which has published two lengthy articles suggesting there is something nefarious about its activities. The case for the NYPD is made even more powerfully yesterday in the Wall Street Journal by Judith Miller.

Based on the comments of Commissioner Ray Kelly and his subordinates, she provides chapter and verse about 13 terrorist plots against New York foiled in whole or in part by the NYPD’s vigilance.

And there is no let up–as made clear from recent headlines about the possibility of a car bombing to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary. If such an attack does not come to pass, it may be because the threat was exaggerated–but even if so, there is no doubt the NYPD’s vigilance has, at the very least, served as a powerful deterrent to would-be terrorists. We must, unfortunately, expect that sooner or later a terrorist will get through–no organization, not even one as large and formidable as the NYPD, can erect a perfect defense. But it should not take another successful attack to remind us that the threat from terror remains real, and we cannot end the post-9/11 efforts to disrupt our enemies’ plots.

 


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