Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CIA and NYPD engage in covert domestic surveillance

It is a story that should raise the hackles on the back of your neck. The Associated Press: With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas

"From that apartment, about an hour outside the department's jurisdiction, the NYPD had been staging undercover operations and conducting surveillance throughout New Jersey. Neither the FBI nor the local police had any idea."

"A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying."

"Neither the city council, which finances the department, nor the federal government, which contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year, is told exactly what's going on."

Meanwhile the FBI is arguably fomenting terrorism in the same communities. 

There is nothing democratic or American in secret police activities such as these. Nothing beneficial or useful can come from domestic covert surveillance of communities.

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