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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.”

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But that’s not how Dietl remembers things.

“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.”

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‘Trump people lie — we know that’: Ex-House GOP staffer shreds Democrats for letting Lewandowski off the hook

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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski denounced President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as "rude" and "insolent" -- but her fellow "Morning Joe" panelists ripped House Democrats for letting him off the hook with obstructing their investigation.

Lewandowski turned the House Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus," Brzezinski said, and panelists agreed he unlawfully claimed executive privilege, and a former Republican House staffer said he should have been charged with contempt of Congress.

"He was a mini Trump," Brzezinski said. "You can speak to Corey Lewandowski in real life, and often you can see someone who doesn't seem like Trump. In front of the cameras, he was playing for an audience of one. He was rude, he was insolent, he was stonewalling and, ultimately, being revealed to be a liar after being shown that he went on a national TV show, Ari Melber, it's not like a camera was shoved in his face, and he chose to lie to the American people."

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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

https://twitter.com/barakravid/status/1174116674225758209?s=21

"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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