Democrat Governor Announces Online Surveillance To Combat ‘Hate Speech’
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced plans to increase staffing for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and allocate $2.5 million to the New York State Police in order to address hate speech.
Hochul attributed the rise in hate crimes to the Hamas-Israel conflict and emphasized the incredible need to combat hate speech.
“It’s painful to me as the Governor of this great state, that has been known for its diversity, and how we celebrate different cultures, different religions, different viewpoints, it’s painful to see the cruelty with which New Yorkers are treating each other,” Hochul said.
“Everywhere from college campuses, to our streets, to schools, to playgrounds; even as they’re entering their houses of worship.”
“If anyone thinks that they can get away with spreading hate and harming other New Yorkers and violating the law, you will be caught.”
“You will be caught here in the State of New York because we are ramping up our resources to ensure that everyone can live freely… I want to get back to that time, that space, where New Yorkers can trust each other, be friends on a college campus again, be friends at a playground, in a workplace.”
“Let’s get back to that commonality that we’ve always shared throughout our history as New Yorkers.”
She mentioned heightened surveillance efforts, including monitoring social media for hate speech and incitement to violence.
“Our media analysis, our social media analysis unit, has ramped up its monitoring of sites to catch incitement to violence; direct threats to others, and all this is in response to our desire, our strong commitment, to ensure that not only do New Yorkers be safe, but they also feel safe because personal security is about everything for them,” Hochul stated.
“As I said, no one walking down the street or in a subway should feel they have to find, to hide, any indications of what their religious beliefs are. We expect to see people celebrating their lives, walking about freely, and that is no longer the case because people are living in fear.”
“They have a right to do whatever they want here in the State of New York. And I’ve asked this group today, is there anything else we can and should be doing? We’re doing what we know how to do, but any other ideas. And we’ve decided that what we’ve done in activating our hotline to report hate and bias incidences of all kinds is now being utilized but there are more platforms and more places we can get that number out to.”
“Because people are being subjected to horrible assaults and vile language, and they go back home not sure what to do with that knowledge that they’ve been violated. I want everyone to know this phone number, because I said this is not just an opportunity to say, “well, we took care of it. We have a hotline.” I said to the law enforcement, I want to make sure that every single complaint is run down and investigated.”
“And if they’ve crossed the line from hate speech into a hate crime, that there will be prosecutions. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life and I’m hearing that from so many others, particularly in the Jewish community.”
The move follows a spike in hate crimes in New York City, particularly anti-Jewish incidents, which have surged following the Israel-Hamas conflict.
“The rise in hate crimes began instantaneously,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire life.”
“So we will be assigning extra investigations to NYC, Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany to work in Partnership with those RA’s throughout the state,” New York State Police Lt. Colonel Andrew Crowe said.
“NYC will recieve a higher number of those GTTF investigators just because of the number of cases that will happen down here.”
Hochul’s administration is aiming to ensure a safe environment and plans to deploy additional investigators in key areas to address hate crimes.