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Truthphobes Angling To Suppress NYPD Study On Domestic Bred Terrorism

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Evan Gahr Investigative Journalist
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Here is the NYPD report on home grown jihadists that some Muslim rights advocates don’t want you to see.

Let’s call them truthphobes!

Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio has until Friday to decide on requests by plaintiffs in three lawsuits about so-called police spying on Muslim communities to have the 2007 study removed from the NYPD website, according to the New York Post.

Expunging would be a condition for settlement.

Think about it: lefties, who fancy themselves the guardian of free expression, are angling to not just suppress speech but make it disappear entirely from the Internet. And these are the people who claim the government is impeding freedom of worship and free speech when it sends undercover officers to mosques, including some with a history of breeding terrorism.

Lawsuit plaintiffs include the Brooklyn-based Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, headed by the illustrious Siraj Wahha. He was an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, the “blind sheik,” for masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks two years later.

According to court papers, another mosque member played paintball games with members, who called themselves “jihad warriors” and “jihad assassins.”

How could any honest person argue that keeping tabs on people like this is an act of bigotry?

Nevertheless, the NYPD ditched the surveillance program last year. But apparently the city is still considered guilty of thought crimes because the 2007 report, “Radicalization in the West: the Homegrown Threat,” which inspired the Muslim surveillance program, remains on the NYPD website.

The 92-page study should be widely disseminated, not sent down the memory hole. The legal jihad against it is a reminder that almost anybody these days who details the realities of Muslim-inspired terrorism is falsely accused of bigotry.

The report was quite prescient, given subsequent attacks by homegrown terrorists in Boston and Fort Hood.

And long before the notoriously slick online ISIS recruiting efforts emerged, it warned about “the wandering mind of the conflicted young Muslim or potential convert with direct access to unfiltered radical and extremist ideology.”

Researchers concluded that budding terrorists, “look, act, talk and walk like everyone around them” and “In the early stages of their radicalization, these individuals rarely travel, are not participating in any kind of militant activity, yet they are slowly building the mind-set, intention and commitment to conduct jihad.”

Only people scared of the truth would want to deep six something like this.