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But sources tell me that the FBI was singularly uncooperative with the NYPD’s Cardillo probe, slow-rolling inquiries and providing only heavily redacted documents. Why would they do that? Well, consider the times. 1972 was an era of violent revolutionary action in the United States: the Weathermen, the Black Liberation Army, Vietnam, Watergate, urban bombings, cop killings. The FBI supposedly ceased its COINTELPRO operations and black bags jobs against domestic dissidents in 1971. And we know that the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X, Farrakhan’s predecessor at Mosque #7, were COINTELPRO targets.

Seedman called NYPD Chief Inspector Michael Codd to request back-up. Codd denied the request. “And he made it clear to me,” Seedman told Hellman, “that we should abandon the mosque to minimize the threat of a possible riot. And then he hung up.”
Murder cases famously are never closed, and that goes double for a cop killing. Ray Kelly’s NYPD is not at fault. But after a six-year investigation, if the NYPD has run out of leads, Kelly should do the right thing and call for a federal probe. Let’s see if the Justice Department and Congress can get to the bottom of this. They should start with the FBI’s relationship with the Nation of Islam.

In 1974, he published with writer Peter Hellman Chief! Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives. It’s a classic indeed, full of interesting detective work, but it is largely silent on the true reason for his resignation from a job he loved at the top of his game.
Thus began a forty-year ordeal seeking justice for Police Officer Phillip Cardillo and answers to the mosque shooting. Was there a conspiracy to lure police officers into an ambush at the mosque? Cardillo and three others were first on the scene, racing to respond to what turned out to be a false “officer in distress” call. Was the FBI somehow involved in a cover-up, perhaps shielding valuable informants or controversial methods from the NYPD? It’s happened before. Think “Whitey Bulger.”
Seedman felt “betrayed.” But he had been given an order: abandon the mosque.
There are other possible lines of inquiry as well. Independent investigators have turned up redacted documents indicating the FBI had five or six informants in or around the mosque in April, 1972. What would the unredacted documents tell us? Forty years later, maybe Charles Rangel and Louis Farrakhan have reconsidered their positions on the case. Have they been interviewed? Al Seedman is in ill health and no longer smokes cigars, Peter Hellman reports. Maybe someone should go down to Florida and get him on the record before he goes off to that great cigar store in the sky.
New Information on Cardillo shooting from Al Seedman

Rangel then issued a veiled threat to Seedman. “That crowd upstairs, they know you’re down here,” Seedman remembers Rangel saying, “I don’t know how long it will be before they come down. If you don’t leave now, I can’t guarantee your personal safety.”

Cardillo Cover-up: Seedman Speaks Al Seedman is a legendary figure in New York City police lore. An elegantly attired, tough talking, cigar chomping Jew, he served in the NYPD from 1942 to 1972,

The document said that Seedman had made “the reluctant decision” to release the suspects to stem a riot raging outside the mosque because of the heavy police presence following Cardillo’s shooting.

Linked to Rashid Baz while he is in prison; sent gifts and visited
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Well, here’s another take on that.
Subsequent articles about him in the mainstream media also failed to acknowledge his role.
348 calls to Ibrahim Qunbar — Brooklyn resident (arrested 1/18/05 with $22,000 USC at JFK on way to Amman, Jordan)
Then, thinking perhaps of the John Ford movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and its immortalized line “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” Kelly, added of Seedman: “The image and reality were one and the same.”
What good, indeed!

Feelings towards Ward within the department at that time then became so hostile that the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association wrote in the PBA newsletter that Ward “should either resign or be fired.”

Chief Al Seedman: Legend and Fact The flamboyant former Chief of Detectives Al Seedman died last week at the age of 94, and a legend was already in the making. In the NY Times , Seedman was