The New York Daily News website reports today (February 24, 2012) that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously defended the police department's spying on Muslims in the city -- as well as across the river in Newark -- as necessary in a post 9/11 world.
"Everything the NYPD has done is legal, it is appropriate, it is constitutional," the mayor said. "They are permitted to travel beyond the border of New York City to investigate cases."
He added, "The NYPD is trying to stop terrorism in the entire region."
Bloomberg launched his defense of surveillance a day after the NYPD defended itself against accusations that it violated the law by spying on Muslims not only in New York, but also in New Jersey.