Obama's top counterterrorism adviser praises NYPD

AP News

4/20/2012 1:46:34 PM - AP News
NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser is praising the New York Police Department's work. He says the department has struck a balance between keeping people safe and protecting their rights.John Brennan said Friday at an NYPD event that the federal government can't identify terrorists and stop attacks without help from local agencies.He said the NYPD's work has been responsible for keeping the city safe and that the department has done nothing illegal.His comments follow criticism of the agency's domestic intelligence operation that has placed Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups under surveillance.The Associated Press revealed the details of the program in a series of articles that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting this week.Brennan says he'll also speak with Muslim leaders in New York.