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Ex-cop on Fox calls for surveillance of US Muslims: ‘Let’s stop worrying about people’s rights’

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A Fox News contributor dismissed constitutional concerns and called for more surveillance of Muslim houses of worship.

Bo Dietl, a former New York City police detective, appeared Monday night on Sean Hannity’s programs to back Donald Trump’s call to monitor or even shut down U.S. mosques to fight Islamic State militants, reported Media Matters.

Hannity argued that federal investigators and intelligence officials had warned President Barack Obama that Syrian refugees would “infiltrate” American mosques and radicalize other Muslims.

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“They want to kill us,” Hannity said.

Dietl agreed, saying the U.S. should adopt some version of New York City’s secret — and legally questionable — Demographics Unit that conducted surveillance on Muslims and mosques for six years.

Police sent plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to track individuals and build case files on them — although that evidence never resulted in an arrest.

Assistant Chief Thomas Galati admitted in 2012 that the investigative unit never developed a single lead that “commenced an investigation.”

But that’s not how Dietl remembers things.

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“We broke so many, so many plots by eavesdropping on these radical Mosques,” said Dietl, who last worked as a police officer in 1985. “We’ve got to do it again — and let’s stop worrying about people’s rights.”

A lawsuit filed by Muslim communities in New Jersey has been revived after a federal appeals court found New York City police may have intentionally discriminated against them and targeted their religious identity as a “permissible proxy for criminality.”

Watch Diet’s remarks posted online by Media Matters:

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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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