Ex-Attorney Gen. Defends NYPD

    In this photo released by the New York City Police Department, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, center, briefs other NYPD officials and John O. Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, center right, on events surrounding the alleged plot to bomb NYC commuter trains on Sept. 11, at Police Headquarters in New York, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Seated at the table from left are Katherine Lemire, special council to the police commissioner; Deputy Inspector John Nicholson of the Joint Terrorism Task Force; Commanding Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, Assistant Chief James Waters; Deputy Commissioner of the Counterterrorism Bureau, Richard Falkenrath; John O. Brennan; Raymond Kelly; Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence, David Cohen; Commander of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Deputy Chief James Shea; Lt. Joseph Falco of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, who commands the Intelligence Division. (AP Photo/NYPD)

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    Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey thinks everyone’s being too harsh on the New York Police Department. The Intelligence Division of Ray Kelly’s force has been accused of improprieties in the Nov. 19 arrest of Jose Pimentel, the "lone wolf" terror suspect nabbed for constructing a bomb. A series of Associated Press articles faulted the intel team for alleged racial profiling, and the FBI was also seen distancing itself from the case over suggestions that the NYPD had entrapped Pimentel. But Mukasey noted that Pimentel had two years of involvement in jihad-related activities, and the entrapment charge seems farfetched. He also noted that sniping from federal bodies like the FBI pointed to a healthy competition between law-enforcement agencies, like trash talk. "New Yorkers are safer as a result," Mukasey said.

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