Presidential hopeful Donald Trump took to MSNBC to tell a national viewing audience the way to protect America, post-Paris, was to send in watchdogs against Muslim mosques.
"You're going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques," he said, in answer to a question about what he'd do to help protect America's security and keep the country safe from the type of ISIS attack that just struck Paris.
The idea isn't new. Several military and counter-terror experts have suggested doing the same, and in some spots of the country, the practice has already gone forth, as Trump reminded.
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He said, Bloomberg reported: "From what I heard, in the old days, meaning a while ago, we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City and I understand our mayor totally cut that out."
And when asked if he, as president, would condone the shutdown of mosques, as France has done, Trump said yes
"I would hate to do it," he said, Bloomberg reported, "but it's something that you're going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred, is coming from these areas."
His comments come as Paris investigators are still piecing together the details of last Friday's massive terrorist attack on eight spots in the city. ISIS has since come forward to claim reponsibility, and as WND previously reported, issued threats to carry out more of the same in America, and in particular, on Washington, D.C.
Trump's statements also come as several states in America, including Texas, Alabama and Michigan have enacted immediate policies to reject any refugees, out of safety concerns.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement reported at WLOS: "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are proud of our rich history of immigration. But our first priority is protecting the safety of our residents."
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President Obama, meanwhile, from Turkey said such reactions are wrong. As WND reported, Obama called for more diplomacy, more understanding and the recognition of the "universal values" of all faiths, in reaction to the Paris terror attacks. He also made clear that ISIS is not a problem of Muslims, but rather an evil outgrowth of a "small portion" of believers of Islam.