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Peter King: 'We've Come a Long Way' on Federal, Local Police Cooperation

Monday, 19 Sep 2016 04:28 PM

Better cooperation between federal and local agencies was key in the Monday arrest of a suspect in terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey – but more intelligence will be needed to stop future attacks, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and GOP Rep. Peter King tell Newsmax TV.

The New York lawmaker, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, tells "America Talks Live" co-host J.D. Hayworth that bombings suspect Ahmed Khan Rahami's past criminal background helped crack the case.

"One of the reasons they were able to locate him once they got the prints and everything was because of his criminal record" and because of a lawsuit filed against authorities in Linden, N.J., where his family's restaurant is located, King said. "That made it easier."

But what was crucial for a quick arrest was the cooperation between local New Jersey police and federal authorities, he said.

"We've come a long way," he tells Hayworth. "It's light-years ahead of where it was on and before Sept. 11," he said.

"I was talking to the cops, talking to the FBI agents, they were one, they were seamless," he said of communication in the New York bombings. "You couldn't tell the difference between one or the other as far as the level of interest they had and the level of cooperation."

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Kerik said intelligence will continue to play a significant role in preventing future attacks.

"Where do we get that intel? We get that intel from the Muslim community, we get that intel from the mosques," he told co-host Steve Malzberg. "There is a thing called criminal profiling. This isn't racial profiling."

But Kerik warned "the courts and the Justice Department … really put a damper on what we can do and not do and therefore you're going to see things like this slip through the cracks."

And he said there will be no room for political correctness if the nation wants to thwart terrorism at home.

"Our political leaders … they're walking this line, this fine line not to say anything wrong, to stay politically correct," he tells Hayworth. "Let the American people know. It's better for them. It's better for us. It's better for the authorities. … They just got to stop with the political correct stuff."

"I think at some point and time we have to come to the realization that there's a radical Islamic movement against the West," he added. "We have to fight it, battle it abroad and here. Our politicians have to be able to say what it is to educate the American public. Without doing that these things are going to continue to enhance and grow and that's not what we want."

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Better cooperation between federal and local agencies was key in the Monday arrest of a suspect in terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey – but more intelligence will be needed to stop future attacks, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik and GOP Rep. Peter King tell Newsmax TV.
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