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Top guns from the NYPD, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Marshalls showed off their gear and technology to about 400 children on May 19 in Manhattan Beach in an effort created to win the hearts and minds of the city’s Muslim population — but unlike last year’s event, the security brass left their guns at home this year.

Children last year got to check out such advanced weaponry as a bazooka, but the kids who attended this year’s event — the majority of whom were brought to the event by Islamic schools and institutions — only got to check out such technology as underwater gear from the FBI’s immersion unit, a presidential-style armored limo, and a metal battering ram from the U.S. Marshalls.

Organizers said the event was a smashing success, even though the weaponry was toned down.

“The youth, they enjoyed the things brought here and I think it was fun for them and everybody,” said Hassan Raza, the program director at the Council of People’s Organization, a Midwood-based group that works with South Asian immigrants and organized the event for the second year in a row.

“The purpose was to bridge the gap between these agencies and the Muslim youth so our youth can be part of the system here.”

The NYPD has come under fire this year for a controversial program of surveillance in Muslim communities as far away as New Jersey, but Raza argued that the organization was not at odds with the Muslim community.

“Muslims should be part of all these agencies — when they are part of the agencies they can minimize the misunderstandings, and it will help,” he said.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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David from Harlem says:
So they feed their children to the same monster that oppresses them...
May 24, 2012, 11:18 am
RevJohn from Bushwick says:
Uncle Toms will always have a platform, huh?
May 24, 2012, 11:24 am
Dang from BK says:
Stupid scared moslems. Soon your kids will spy on you too.

AND A BAZOOKA?!
May 24, 2012, 11:28 am
Cyrus from Harlem says:
Mr. Raza, do you live under a rock? There are no "misunderstandings." Ray Kelly & the rest know exactly what they're doing and why.
May 24, 2012, 11:41 am
Norah from West Village says:
So I guess that Third Jihad video, demographics committee, mapping out New Yorkers based solely on their ethnicity and religion, placing informants in mosques, and spying on students was all just a "misunderstanding." Kind of like slavery, right?

How much are you making out of this, Raza?
May 24, 2012, 11:43 am
Sean says:
I'm not surprised by the NYPD or the other agencies, they're just doing what they're trained to do: propagandize and recruit.

But if I were Muslim, I would be ashamed of this Hassan Raza and Council of People's Org (what the hell kind of name is that?). As Americans descended from immigrants, we know that you only fit in by getting tough and fighting for your rights.

Keep licking Kelly's boots and see how far that gets you.
May 24, 2012, 11:46 am
Ruth from Clinton Hill says:
During the Holocaust, there were Germans with 50% Jewish ancestry who applied for exemptions to avoid the death camps in exchange for military service. Every community has their sell-outs, every war has their traitors.
May 24, 2012, 11:53 am

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