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AP Wins Pulitzer For Tipping Off NYC Terrorists

From a despicably proud Associated Press:

AP wins Pulitzer for stories on NYPD spying

April 17, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prizes showcased journalism’s power to shine a powerful light on the forgotten or the unknown, and the awards honored work including stories from The Associated Press revealing the New York Police Department’s widespread spying on Muslims and The Huffington Post’s pieces about the suffering endured by American troops severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan…

In the arts categories, the late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history, honored for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades but did not live to see published. Quiara Alegria Hudes’ [sic] play "Water by the Spoonful," which centers on an Iraq war veteran’s search for meaning, won the Pulitzer for drama.

The New York Times won two prizes. David Kocieniewski was honored in the explanatory reporting category for a series on how wealthy people and corporations use loopholes to avoid taxes. Jeffrey Gettleman received the award for international reporting for his coverage of famine and conflict in East Africa.

The AP’s series of stories — available online at http://apne.ws/IrNyPk — showed how New York police, with the help of a CIA official, created an aggressive surveillance program to gather intelligence on Muslim neighborhoods, businesses and houses of worship. It was the 50th Pulitzer won by the news organization.

The articles showed that police systematically listened in on sermons, hung out at cafes and other public places, infiltrated colleges and photographed people as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism.

How were they to know there was no evidence to link these groups to terrorists? Maybe they should have just asked the AP?

The series, which began in August, was by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley. The stories prompted protests, a demand from 34 members of Congress for a federal investigation, and an internal inquiry by the CIA’s inspector general. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have defended the program as a thoroughly legal tool for keeping the city safe.

But that Mayor Bloomberg is such a rightwing kook, you can’t believe a word he says.

"We kept reporting things that no one in the city of New York knew about," said AP’s executive editor, Kathleen Carroll. "That’s what I’m most proud of."

Yes, they tipped off any potential terrorists. Just like the New York Times and Washington Post does. What a feather in AP’s war bonnet.

The Pulitzer Prizes are given out annually by Columbia University on the recommendation of a board of journalists and others. Each award carries a $10,000 prize except for the public service award, which is a gold medal.

Because, all journalism should be done in the name of public service.

After all, nothing says public service like letting terrorists know they are being monitored. We suppose it’s a small miracle they weren’t given a gold medal as well for their noble service to the community.

Meanwhile, we have this news, also from the Associated Press:

Would-be bomber recounts evolution of NYC plot

April 17, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — By one account, the moment of truth for three former high school classmates from Queens came as they sat in a car outside a neighborhood mosque with their militant religious views festering.

"Allah doesn’t like only talk about something and not doing it," former New York City cab driver Zarein Ahmedzay recalled telling his friends.

Then and there, Ahmedzay, Najibullah Zazi and Adis Medunjanin "made a covenant to go to Afghanistan and fight with the mujahedeen against American forces," Ahmedzay said Monday at the Brooklyn trial of Medunjanin.

But the NYPD should not be monitoring mosques.

The decision set in motion what authorities have called one of the most frightening near-miss terror plots since the Sept. 11, 2001 attack — a 2009 scheme by the three Muslim men to strap on suicide-bomb vests and detonate them inside Manhattan subways.

The men "were prepared to kill themselves and everyone else around them — men, women and children," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam said in opening statements. "These men came so close — within days of carrying out this attack."

Zazi and Ahmedzay have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify again Medunjanin in a bid for leniency…Ahmedzay was the government’s first witness on Monday, offering a detailed account of how he went from being a New York city cab driver who was ambivalent about the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan to a would-be suicide bomber bent on avenging it…

The men traveled in 2008 to Pakistan, where they met al-Qaida recruiters who told them they would be better suited for a suicide mission in the United States, the witness said. They were driven 10 hours away to a hideout protected by 20-foot mud walls. After morning prayers, English-speaking terrorists taught them how to use grenades, AK-47s and other weapons, he said.

Ahmedzay also recounted a meeting there when the three agreed to become martyrs. Terror operatives encouraged the men to complete the mission before the end of George W. Bush’s second term as president, he said

He recalled returning to New York City and using his cab to drive around the city in early 2009 and casing potential targets for a terrorist attack, including Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange. The conspirators also considered striking Penn Station or city movie theaters before settling on attacking the subways during Ramadan, he said.

Al-Qaida had told the men that pulling off a small-scale attack — even using guns instead of bombs to slaughter innocent New Yorkers — would be considered a success, Ahmedzay said.

He recalled one operative lamenting that other homegrown terrorists "have failed because they tried to do something big, and ended up doing nothing." …

The Associated Press must feel pretty terrible about these terrorists getting caught, despite their best efforts. But nobody can say they didn’t try.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP Wins Pulitzer For Tipping Off NYC Terrorists”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    …even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism.

    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

  2. canary says:

    1 out of 5 muslims in the U.S. are Islamic extremists enough.

    Iraq is appearing to be our only success, and chance to watch Iran when Obama is losing Afghanistan and nuclear weapon armed Pakistan.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I’ve thought about tis for tears and would like your opinion …

    … what do the people of a sovereign Republic do when the first article of those Rights which they have retained unto themselves is being deployed against them by the single greatest threat to their national security and continuance as a Nation?

  4. GetBackJack says:

    “this” and “years”

    Maybe I do need reading flasses

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    So the pulitzer is as worthless as the nobel peace prize…yawn.

  6. Astravogel says:

    Good news doesn’t sell advertising, and that’s what it’s all about.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    ……. And they think our individual right to protect ourselves ( 2nd Amendment ) is moot.
    Pleaseeee feel free to drop by anytime to pick up this Americans reply to your worthless, feel good award.
    No waiting …….. I promise!

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