AP Documents Expansion of NYPD into “Domestic CIA”
Follow @azmatzahraAugust 24, 2011, 6:26 pm ET
Today the Associated Press published a months-long investigation into secret efforts by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the CIA to monitor activities in Muslim neighborhoods. Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman write:
Though the CIA is prohibited from collecting intelligence domestically, the AP’s investigation — based on more than 40 interviews with current and former NYPD and federal officials — documents how the NYPD’s intelligence unit has increasingly operated with CIA help in ways that have sometimes put the NYPD at odds with the FBI and, in some cases, may even violate the law. They include:
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne contested that the department employs “mosque crawlers” or a “Demographic Unit.” He told the AP the department has a “Zone Assessment Unit” and that undercover officers only follow leads. He added,
We have been investigating the government’s efforts since 9/11 to “connect the dots” by stepping up cooperation and intelligence sharing. Keep an eye out for more on these issues on Sept. 6, when we premiere our new report Top Secret America, which takes an in-depth look at at the expansion of the post-9/11 counterterrorism industrial complex.
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