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Bernard Kerik Rips San Francisco's Decision to Quit FBI Terrorism Task Force

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 06:34 PM

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik Friday slammed as "outrageous and irresponsible" San Francisco's decision to withdraw from the FBI anti-terrorism program begun after the 9/11 attacks.

Kerik, who headed the city's forces during the assault that destroyed the World Trade Center, ripped the move on Twitter: 

 

 

The San Francisco Police Department suspended its involvement with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force last month, ABC-7 News reports, arguing that local police officers could be used to spy on Muslims and others who disagree with the Trump administration.

"When that confidence is shaken we have to slow down for a minute and make sure that the public sees us as an organization that they can trust," Police Chief William Scott told the station.

The task force was created after the 9/11 attacks — and a Heritage Foundation data show that the operation has foiled 93 Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the United States since 2001, including 12 so far this year.

The group is also conducting another 1,000 investigations into suspected terror activity nationwide, according to the report, cited by Fox News.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city — and officials sued the Trump administration in January over its executive order that would withhold funds from such jurisdictions.

Both Scott and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had indicated that they would not arrest illegals in the city without documentation.

Retired federal law-enforcement officials slammed San Francisco's decision, saying that it endangered American lives.

"The decision by the mayor and the police chief to withdraw the San Francisco Police Department from the JTTF is really narrow-minded," Mark Rossini, a retired FBI special agent and founding executive of the National Counterterrorism Center, told Fox.

"Politics aside, and the mayor and leaders of San Francisco have their right to their opinion, political opinion and beliefs," he added. "But when you’re working in law enforcement, law enforcement should know no politics."

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