Police Commissioner Ray Kelly dodged a question about whether he'll read a critical report on the New York Police Department's Muslim surveillance program on Tuesday, saying only that he hadn't seen it yet.

But in his remarks before a New York City Council committee meeting to examine the department's budget, Kelly said "the only way" to stop terrorists "is through intelligence gathering. That's why it's essential that the Police Department's efforts to defend against terrorism be proactive and that we find those who are in the earliest stages of planning violent acts."

Kelly's comments came a day after a coalition of Muslim groups released the report, which details a climate of fear created by the department's informants and undercover officers.

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