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Ex-Cop Calls For Renewed Surveillance of Mosques

“Let’s stop worry about people’s rights,” a guest on a Fox News program declared Monday night in response to those who oppose police surveillance of mosques.

Media Matters reported that Bo Dietl, a former detective for the New York City Police Department, appeared on the “Hannity” news program. He praised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for supporting surveillance and pledging to consider shutting down Muslim houses of worship if he is elected next year.

Sean Hannity indicated that he shares the fear expressed by Dietl and Trump that war refugees from Syria might join mosques and plot terrorist acts. “They want to kill us,” the show’s host said.

Dietl called on the federal government to institute a program similar to the surveillance that the NYPD conducted for six years following the 9/11 attacks in 2001. According to Rawstory, the department’s plain-clothed detectives created files with information about Muslims living in the city. Assistant Police Chief Thomas Galati acknowledged that the officers never “commenced an investigation” or uncovered any plans to launch attacks.

Dietl said Galati is wrong, claiming that the detectives “broke so many, so many plots by eavesdropping on these radical mosques.” The former officer told Hannity: “We’ve got to do it again, and let’s stop worrying about people’s rights.”

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