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January – June 2012

June 25, 2012
Credit The Times — and The Jewish Week
When The New York Times speaks, people the world over pay attention. Even in Brooklyn.

June 18, 2012
The Case for an Inspector General
The NYPD’s spokesman was at his disingenuous best last week, explaining why an Inspector General is not needed to monitor the police department.

June 11, 2012
Medals Are For Heroes
The NYPD annual Medal Day is traditionally reserved for heroes — officers who have risked their lives to protect New Yorkers.

June 4, 2012
Intel's Mitchell Silber: Blind to the Facts
No good can come from criticizing a Pulitzer Prize-winning series. Mitchell Silber, the just departed NYPD civilian director of “Intel Analysis,” is living proof.

May 28, 2012
Where Was Cy?
Why didn’t Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance attend Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s momentous news conference last Thursday on the Etan Patz case?

May 20, 2012
Schumer’s One-Way Street
Chuck Schumer put his Senatorial arm on FBI Director Robert Mueller last week — pressuring him to call NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and brief him on the recently foiled Yemeni bomb plot.

May 14, 2012
The NYPD’s Najibullah Shuffle
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, as NYPD Confidential and the New York Times had reported.

May 7, 2012
Intelligence Division: Yet Again, Bending the Rules
Detectives from the NYPD’s Intelligence Division were at it again last week.

April 30, 2012
Is Frankenstein Alive?
Running successfully for mayor would be Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s greatest triumph. Running unsuccessfully could be his greatest humiliation.

April 23, 2012
The AP’s Well-Deserved Pulitzer Prize
The Associated Press’s exposé of the NYPD’s widespread and legally questionable spying on Muslims, deservedly and importantly, received a Pulitzer Prize — despite the caterwauling of the Daily News and the New York Post, which derided the series as a “year-long, non-stop hit job.”

April 16, 2012
Gescard Isnora: Kelly’s Harsh Cop Justice
The firing of Detective Gescard Isnora fits the harsh punishments Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has issued to cops involved in fatal, high-profile mistakes — especially racially charged ones.

April 9, 2012
The NYPD: Indulging Mort and Roger
Ever wonder why the Daily News runs all those editorials deifying the NYPD, even as the department arrested the paper’s own reporters during the Occupy Wall Street protests?

April 2, 2012
Dead Board Awakening?
The Civilian Complaint Review Board [CCRB] has never amounted to much.

March 26, 2012
At Last, Some Truth From Mr. Truth
Police spokesman Paul Browne appears to have actually told the truth when he stated that New Jersey officials knew about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims in Newark.

March 19, 2012
Lone Wolves or Sheep?
Defense attorney Elizabeth Fink last week underscored an ugly truth about the NYPD’s three key terrorism cases.

March 12, 2012
A Crack in the FBI’S Wall of Silence
The New Jersey FBI head who publicly criticized the NYPD’s widespread spying on Newark’s Muslims had the green light from FBI headquarters for a rare rebuke of NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, sources said.

March 5, 2012
NYPD Spying: Brilliance or Obsession?
Within 24 hours after Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle died from accidentally crashing his plane into a Manhattan high-rise in 2006, the NYPD was searching for a terrorism link.

February 27, 2012
The NYPD’s Buffalo Connection
The New York City Police Department sent at least four officers to Buffalo, New York to spy on that city’s Somali community, according to an internal Intelligence Division “briefing report” obtained by NYPD Confidential.

February 20, 2012
Mr. Truth – Living Up To His Name
Are NYPD spokesman Paul Browne’s pants again on fire?

February 13, 2012
Spying on the Rev.
An NYPD informant spied on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network [NAN] as the group was organizing large-scale protests of the Sean Bell case acquittals, a police document shows.

February 6, 2012
The NYPD Top Brass: Lonely and Unloved
In yet another slap at the NYPD’s demoralized top brass, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has abolished a top three-star chief’s job, giving it instead to an obscure civilian.

January 30, 2012
Mr. Truth: Time To Go
Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne, known to readers of this column as Mr. Truth, your expiration date is past due. It is time for you to depart the NYPD

January 23, 2012
Eight Years Too Late
We would like to apologize for past warnings not to believe more than 50 per cent of anything that emanates from the mouth of police spokesman Paul Browne. We were far too generous.

January 16, 2012
Who’s the Real Chicken?
Rupert Murdoch may have called Governor Andrew Cuomo “chicken” for refusing to take on the city’s teachers’ union. But, judging from his latest State of the City address last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg sounds like the real chicken for refusing to take on Ray Kelly.

January 8, 2012
The Spoils of Spying
Now that the Associate Press investigation of the NYPD’s widespread spying on the city’s Muslims has apparently run its course, what’s been the result?

January 2, 2012
Predictions For 2012: Follow All Leads
JANUARY. Declaring that reports of pervasive NYPD spying on the city's Muslim communities are 'misguided instances of media hype,' Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosts a 'Meeting with Muslims' breakfast at police headquarters with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Both Bloomberg and Kelly assure guests that, in spying on Muslims, the NYPD "only follows leads." A teenager, wearing a t-shirt that reads, 'I Am Also an American,' asks what specific and credible lead the Intelligence Division followed in creating its secret pie chart that lists the percentage breakdown and national origin of every Muslim in the entire city.

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