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About three dozen American Muslim leaders and activists assembled outside the headquarters of the New York Police Department on Monday morning to defend and commend the Police Department for its surveillance of Muslim communities.

"We are not here to criticize the N.Y.P.D., but rather to thank them for the monitoring of extremists that the Muslims should be doing," said M. Zuhdi Jasser, who narrated the controversial film, "The Third Jihad" that was shown to New York police officers who received antiterrorism training.

Dr. Jasser, a former United States Navy physician from Arizona who is president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said that the Muslim community had a responsibility "to root out radicalization."


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