Fox News contributor Bo Dietl quickly called for more scrutiny of American Muslims in the wake of Monday's incident at the Capitol Visitors Center, but insisted that he was not profiling practitioners of Islam.
"I don't talk about going into Muslim neighborhoods and putting an omnipresence there like Stormtroopers," Dietl said during a phone interview on Fox Business Channel. "What I talk about is having a lot more Muslim police officers -- uniform and plainclothes -- which can talk to people: 'What's going on?' 'You see something suspicious, I drive by, you call over [and] let me know.' You have to have that communication back and forth. That's the most important thing, is intelligence."
Dietl voiced his assumptions about the encounter and the suspect shortly before the would-be gunman was identified as 66-year-old Larry Dawson, who was "known to police" in the area after interrupting a House session last year by yelling that he was a "prophet of God."
"We have to realize one thing: we're facing this threat, complacency can't be setting in here. We have to be on guard all the time. The Capitol certainly is a target, same as New York City is," Dietl explained. "And part of my thing about the political correctness is, look, we've got very, very fine Muslim-American people that live in neighborhoods, that have great families, and their most important thing in life is to take care of their families."
He made similar remarks last November, when he urged authorities to "stop worrying about people's rights" and increase surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods, going so far as to claim that it led to the unraveling of several "plots," despite evidence and New York Police accounts to the contrary.
Current Commissioner Bill Bratton rejected a similar argument by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an op-ed published over the weekend, stating, "We do not 'patrol and secure' neighborhoods based on selective enforcement because of race or religion, nor will we use the police and an occupying force to intimidate a populace or a religion to appease the provocative chatter of politicians seeking to exploit fear."
Listen to Dietl's remarks, as aired on Monday, below.