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The Handschu decision, an agreement between the NYPD, the plaintiffs and approved by the federal district court, established guidelines for police in conducting investigations or gathering intelligence on political or religious organizations. Its requirements are still very much a part of any NYPD decision-making when it comes to surveillance of political or religious organizations.

Concerns that are legitimate should be addressed. Outrageous claims of civil rights violations should be put in their proper context.

There is a reason there has not been a successful terrorist attack in New York City in 10 years. It is the dedication, hard work and partnership of men and women who work in the law enforcement and intelligence community.

Patrick Dunleavy is the former deputy inspector general for the New York State Department of Corrections and author of “The Fertile Soil of Jihad,” forthcoming from Potomac Books in September.