Let's get this straight, readers. The NYPD did not -- repeat, did not -- undermine the FBI's investigation of Najibullah Zazi's 2009 plot to blow up the New York subways. At least, that's what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says.
Since his appointment as FBI Director in 2001, Robert Mueller has refrained from criticizing Kelly. While Mueller has not changed his public stance about Kelly, one wonders whether the leak probe could be a form of payback.
The media reports of the plot being hatched by Najibullah Zazi offer tantalizing glimpses into his life. The two Zazi's that emerge, and eventually collide, represent two cultures and two identities trying to co-exist.
One thing is certain, authorities have powerful tools to get people off the streets in the array of statutes that they have at their disposal. They also have an extraordinarily difficult job of balancing their obligations.