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[UPDATED]Former New York police commissioner and convicted felon Bernie Kerik came out against the so-called Ground Zero mosque on Twitter late Wednesday. Which is odd, because Kerik is incarcerated at the medium-security federal correctional institution in Cumberland, Md.
Kerik, inmate 84888-054, mysteriously tweeted a link to this lurid Frank Gaffney Web video that calls the progressive Muslims behind the planned community center terrorists and shows the Twin Towers falling. “If we let them defile ground zero with a beachhead for sharia we will validate their sense of victory on 9/11 and encourage future attacks on America. No mosque at Ground Zero,” the ad says.
How is this possible? A Bureau of Prisons official told Salon, “Inmates don’t have Internet access. He probably has a family member doing it for him.” The official also said Kerik may have access to something called Trulincs, a program in which prisoners can send e-mails to people — typically family members — on an approved list. But there is strictly no Internet or Twitter access.
A message left at the Kerik residence was not returned. The Village Voice first reported on Kerik’s jailhouse blogging in June.
In opposing the Muslim community center, Kerik joins a growing pack of foes of the project, including racist New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, a Birther pastor from Florida, Rep. Peter King, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.
UPDATE: Somehow we had forgotten about this, but it’s worth noting that Kerik has a long history in the neighborhood around Ground Zero: he used an apartment just blocks away from the WTC site — and from the planned Muslim community center — to carry on extramarital affairs after 9/11. The apartment was originally donated to the city for use by weary police and rescue workers at the World Trade Center site.
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.