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Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Police Department has been aggressively gathering domestic intelligence. With help from the CIA, the department’s intelligence unit dispatches undercover officers to keep tabs on ethnic neighborhoods – sometimes in areas far outside their jurisdiction. Keith discusses the details with Associated Press reporter Matt Apuzzo, who exposed the story with his colleague Adam Goldman.

NYPD CIA Anti-Terror Operations Conducted In Secret For Years

NEW YORK – Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated Press investigation has found.

These operations have benefited from unprecedented help from the CIA, a partnership that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying.

The department has dispatched undercover officers, known as “rakers,” into minority neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program, according to officials directly involved in the program. They’ve monitored daily life in bookstores, bars, cafes and nightclubs. Police have also used informants, known as “mosque crawlers,” to monitor sermons, even when there’s no evidence of wrongdoing.

Neither the city council, which finances the department, nor the federal government, which has given NYPD more than $1.6 billion since 9/11, is told exactly what’s going on.

Many of these operations were built with help from the CIA, which is prohibited from spying on Americans but was instrumental in transforming the NYPD’s intelligence unit.

My City Council representative will be getting a call, so will Mayor Bloomberg


    • TMC on August 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm
  1. you could not pay me enough to live in.  I wish to be a hermit of the woods, far away from the foolishness and destructive forces of Charolette Iserbytians who point to Austrailia and say “we” should bomb Iran next.  Yeah, I love my gas driven motorized toys greatly but I have to weigh the relevance of such crap against pretend to defend you assholes like Mayor Bloomberg who continues to defend Larry Silverstein’s asbestos removal problem and solution,911 and the controlled demolition of all three world trade center towers for the profit marigins of and Nazification of what used to be the United States of America.

    Cops raid eleven year old’s lemonade stand with armored tanks and flying drones with tazer capabilities.

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