By Tom Ridge and Jame Woolsey
Recently, interest groups such as the Council of American Islamic Relations have demanded that NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly resign and that an outside inspector general be appointed over the NYPD.
Both demands should be rejected.
The demands follow the revelation that the NYPD has been using the film “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America” — in which both of us also appeared — as part of its counterterrorism training program.
The documentary takes an in-depth look at the process of radicalization that takes place within certain elements of Muslim society in America. Those elements were previously highlighted in a landmark 2007 NYPD intelligence division report titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.”
In the preface to the 2007 report, Kelly wrote, New York City continues to be “one of the top targets of terrorists worldwide. Consequently, the NYPD places a priority on understanding what drives and defines the radicalization process.”
Tom Ridge was the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania. James Woolsey is chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and was director of central intelligence during the Clinton administration.