Fox Hosts Bernie Kerik To Discuss Whether It Is “Time To Bring Back Surveillance Of Mosques”

Kerik Was Sentenced To Four Years In Prison In 2010 After Pleading Guilty To Charges Including Tax Fraud, Lying To White House Officials

From the June 15 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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AINSLEY EARHARDT (HOST): The Orlando terrorist, the second attacker, tied to the Fort Pierce Islamic Center down in Florida. In 2014, Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who also worshiped at that mosque, carried out a suicide bombing in Syria. So is it time to bring back surveillance of the mosques to to keep people safe andto root out the violent radicals? Joining us now is former New York City Police Commissioner, Bernie Kerik. Thank you, Commissioner, for being with us this morning.

BERNIE KERIK: Thank you. 

EARHARDT: We had Rudy Giuliani yesterday on talking about how, when he was mayor, we were surveilling the mosques and he thwarted several attacks because of that. What's your opinion?

KERIK: I think we should be criminally profiling. I think we should be doing predictive profiling. That includes going into the mosques when necessary. Look at Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, the Boston bombers. We were aware of these guys. They were on the radar already, the federal or local radar. We should have been in the mosques where these guys worshipped. Looking at the people around them, there's -- this is criminal profiling. This is things that you would do under any other circumstance, in any other investigation. But because it involves religion, you have people on the left that say it's racial profiling. No, it's not. It's not racial profiling. You're criminally profiling. You're predictive profiling based on things that you know that these people do. 

EARHARDT: You could ultimately save lives, you're saying, and that trumps any type of profiling. 

KERIK: Well, listen, if we had gotten into the mosques where the people were, looked at their associates and really got into what they were doing on a daily basis, there's a good chance that some of if things could have been prevented.


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