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As for why the police still have a surveillance program, let’s end with some reminders from a Sept. 11 list of casualty numbers in New York magazine:

Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051.

I’m truly sorry for all the innocent Muslims who are inconvenienced by the police surveillance., and I hope the police don’t step over the line.

But God bless the New York cops for trying to keep this horror from happening again.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.