1) Disarming the public.
2) Expanding the police state.
Everyone is familiar with his efforts to accomplish number 1.
As to number 2, where does the mayor of New York City get off doing this?
NYPD monitored Muslim students all over NortheastLet's be clear. Non-invasive monitoring of the activities of Muslims within a targeted demographic in this country, based on past occurrences and trends, is wise. Doing so outside law enforcement's prescribed jurisdiction ("the territory within which power can be exercised") is not.
By Chris Hawley, Associated Press
New York (AP) — The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned.
Police talked with local authorities about professors 300 miles away in Buffalo and even sent an undercover agent on a whitewater rafting trip, where he recorded students' names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.
In recent months, the AP has revealed secret programs the NYPD, built with help from the CIA, to monitor Muslims at the places where they eat, shop and worship. The AP also published details about how police placed undercover officers at Muslim student associations in colleges within the city limits; this revelation has outraged faculty and student groups. [link]
New York City police haven't the authority to monitor (as opposed to follow an open investigation) American citizens outside New York City. Ever. For any reason.
Someone needs to tell Bloomberg - again - where to get off. He ain't dictator.