CNN Announces Surprise Hiring In Major Shakeup

Last Tuesday, CNN announced it had hired former NYPD official and intelligence expert John Miller as its chief law enforcement and intelligence analyst.

Miller, who has previously worked at ABC News and CBS News, is former FBI and more recently served as the deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD.

As a reporter, Miller covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks and, while at ABC News, interviewed Osama bin Laden. He later co-authored the book, “The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot.”

CNN CEO Chris Licht said in a statement that hiring Miller is part of CNN’s “commitment to tackle complex issues” and “independent, objective news and meaningful analysis.”

Miller began with CNN’s New York bureau last Tuesday.

But not everybody is particularly happy with CNN’s decision to hire John Miller.

Muslim groups blasted CNN for hiring a man who was instrumental in the NYPD’s surveillance program following the 9/11 attack, describing the decision as a “cruel joke.”

Sumayyah Waheed, senior policy counsel for Muslim Advocates, a group that was involved in a lawsuit against the NYPD for its spying methods, said the group believes Miller will “continue to propagandize on behalf of law enforcement” while dismissing discrimination “against Muslims and other marginalized communities.”

The NYPD settled three separate lawsuits over its post-9/11 surveillance programs, which were first exposed by the Associated Press in 2011. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning report, the AP revealed that the NYPD was using census data to spy on Muslim Americans in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The NYPD sent undercover officers into mosques, hookah bars, and Muslim-owned businesses. They also photographed license plates and made secretly recorded videos.

The NYPD later admitted that the surveillance program did not uncover any terror plots or lead to any terrorism-related arrests.

New York City Council member Shahana Hanif told the Huffington Post that CNN should never have hired Miller. Hanif hopes that the backlash against the cable network is enough to get them to reconsider.