With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas (google.com)

August 24, 2011 12:00 am

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Since 9/11, the CIA has blurred the line between foreign and domestic intelligence gathering operations despite a law that makes it illegal for the CIA to engage in any domestic surveillance. It reportedly partnered with the NYPD, allowing several of its high ranking officials to work dually with the CIA and the NYPD to help the NYPD transform its intelligence unit and train it to spy on the Muslim community in New York and elsewhere. CIA helped the NYPD create an intelligence operation that relies heavily on a “human mapping” program, which consists of racial and religious profiling in Muslim communities, as well as surveillance of First Amendment-protected activity in Mosques, coffee shops, bookstores, and other local “hot spots.” The program has not been subject to oversight by the New York City Counsel, or by the federal government, and documents about the program operations have reportedly been destroyed to prevent disclosure to the courts.


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