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Brooklyn, NY - Marty Golden Now Says He Opposes NYPD’s Spying Program

Published on: October 18, 2012 01:53 PM
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State Senator Marty Golden at the forum hosted by the Arab American Association of NY. Photo courtesy to VIN News By Shadi BushraState Senator Marty Golden at the forum hosted by the Arab American Association of NY. Photo courtesy to VIN News By Shadi Bushra

Brooklyn, NY - In a complete reversal of his earlier stance, New York State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) now calls spying on mosques “absolutely wrong.”

At a candidates’ forum hosted by the Arab-American Association of New York, Golden told the audience, “Anybody that would spy on any religious institution is absolutely wrong. I do not stand by anybody who would do that. If [Commissioner Kelly] has, he should apologize – but it hasn’t been proven that he has.”

According to Brooklyn Campaign.com (http://bit.ly/TymjXb), Golden’s remarks came in response to a question as to whether Commissioner Kelly should apologize for its program of spying on Muslims in New York City and elsewhere as means of preventing a terror attack.


Golden’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, called Golden out for his change of heart, noting that Golden had, in fact, sent a letter to Commissioner Kelly praising him and the NYPD for its efforts.

As previously reported on VIN, Golden was a signatory on a letter written by Assemblyman Dov Hikind to Commissioner Kelly praising the NYPD for its counterterrorism measures and for “using all means at your disposal to prevent another terrorist attack like 9/11 from occurring.” Specifically, the letter states, “We admire you for going to precisely the source of the problem. The NYPD has wisely embraced the cold reality that heinous acts of terrorism have been, and will continue to be, attempted or committed by radical Muslims or other radical groups. . . .”

Golden is seeking re-election to a sixth term in the New York State Senate’s 22nd District.

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 Oct 18, 2012 at 04:21 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

Senator Golden's new stance is a good example of "political pandering."

The fact that Moslem's object to undercover presence at their services only lends credence to the fact that they have something to hide.

If there was an indication that Jews were involved in terrorist activities, I personally would welcome undercover presence at my shul or any other shul. I would say that as Jews it would be our patriotic duty to encourage it.

Mr Golden's new stance is another example of the world gone mad.


 Oct 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Yea why should they care? What are they hiding? A criminal in my place of worship? Please spy and send whatever necessary to catch them!


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