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Ray Kelly: NYT Op-Ed a 'Fabrication;' We Need 'Deeper Vetting' of Immigrants

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By    |   Sunday, 25 Dec 2016 09:45 AM

Striking back at a critical The New York Times op-ed against him and his policies, former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called for tougher vetting on immigration and said his tracking programs used in New York might have helped Germany amid its recent terror attack.

"I think we need some deeper vetting, deeper examination of people who are coming in," Kelly told host John Catsimatidis on Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable." "It's going to take awhile.

"I think it is necessary in this day and age. Certainly the public wants a higher degree of comfort as to who's coming in at this time, and I think we are going to have to devote additional resources to examining the backgrounds of individuals coming in, where they live, who their relatives are.

"I think it's absolutely necessary to do a much deeper dive on people's backgrounds."

Kelly defended his police tracking programs in New York that had been criticized in The Times op-ed. 

"The program never generated any leads, or led to a single terrorism-related investigation," Mehdi Hasan wrote.

Kelly joined Catsimatidis' Christmas morning show to "set the record straight" against a "familiar fabrication" that does as "disservice to all of us who work so hard."

"The problem is that the [op-ed] was critical of what was done in New York City, and I think we had a very effective program," Kelly argued. "It makes a false allegation that our demographic unit was: 1. a secret operation; and 2. that it didn't develop any leads.

"First of all, the program was done in the open there wasn't anything secretive . . . and its purpose was not to develop case leads but, indeed, to gather information about the citizens and the neighborhoods to determine where people might go who came to New York, came to our city, to do us harm."

Kelly pointed to the trailer of the recently released "Patriots Day" film on the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, where the terrorists said they were headed for New York. Kelly claimed he knew exactly where they were heading through his programs, and that depth of intelligence would have been useful to Germany in finding the driver of the truck that plowed through a Christmas festival. 

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Striking back at a critical The New York Times op-ed against him and his policies, former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called for tougher vetting on immigration and said his tracking programs used in New York might have helped Germany amid its recent terror...
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