Call it a cri de coeur, a collective cry of the heart, from voices rarely heard -- the city's Muslim community, pushing back for the first time against the NYPD's secret spying on them for the past decade.
Ray Kelly was at his misleading best at the 92nd Street YMHA last week in trashing the Associated Press' Pulitzer prize-winning series about the New York City Police Department's widespread and pervasive spying on Muslims.
Newly obtained NYPD documents, prepared in 2003 and 2004, provide an insight into how the Intelligence Division operated in the aftermath after 9/11 as it sought to protect the city against another terrorist attack.
This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.
This Tuesday when medals are given to 42 officers, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is recognizing the department's Intelligence Division and the office of Deputy Commissioner for Public Information. These units have been other than heroic.
The scope of the surveillance described in Intelligence Divison documents suggest that the NYPD may have targeted subjects without specific tips about wrongdoing. The spying has targeted virtually every level of Muslim life in NYC.
Since the news report last week suggested that every single mosque in New York City had been canvassed and "crawled," then effectively, there is no mosque in New York City that the police deem safe from terrorism.