The NYPD has been conducting an extensive covert surveillance program on the Muslim Community in New York and New Jersey. The AP report on the spy program: “The [NYPD] has dispatched teams of 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. NYPD officials have scrutinized imams and gathered intelligence on cab drivers and food cart vendors, jobs often done by Muslims. 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.”
So the CIA has decided to circumvent Federal Law by having the NYPD do their dirty work. Was the White House aware of this program, was Mayor Bloomberg? We have a lot more yet to learn about this story.