AP’s Probe Into NYPD Intelligence Operations

Informant: NYPD paid me to 'bait' Muslims

2012 -- NEW YORK — A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent peo

NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases

2012 -- NEW YORK — In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the

With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) — 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

Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn't exist

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) — From an office on the Brooklyn waterfront in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New York Police Department officials and a veteran CIA officer built an intelligence-gathering program with an ambitious goal: to map

Documents show NY police watched devout Muslims

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department compiled lists of mosques and Muslim businesses it saw as potential security risks for reasons that included endorsing conservative religious views or having devout customers, according to hundreds of pa

NYPD eyed US citizens in intel effort

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department put American citizens under surveillance and scrutinized where they ate, prayed and worked, not because of charges of wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity, according to interviews and documents obta

NYPD spied on city's Muslim anti-terror partners

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) — Egyptian sheik Reda Shata considered himself a partner in New York's fight against terrorism. He cooperated with the police and FBI, invited officers to his mosque for breakfast, even dined with Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NYPD infiltration of colleges raises privacy fears

2011 -- NEW YORK (AP) -- With its whitewashed bell tower, groomed lawns and Georgian-style buildings, Brooklyn College looks like a slice of Colonial Virginia dropped into modern-day New York City. But for years New York police have feared this bucolic setti

What's the CIA doing at NYPD? Depends whom you ask

2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months ago, one of the CIA's most experienced clandestine operatives started work inside the New York Police Department. His title is special assistant to the deputy commissioner of intelligence. On that much, everyone agrees

NYPD keeps files on Muslims who change their names

2011 -- For generations, immigrants have shed their ancestral identities and taken new, Americanized names as they found their place in the melting pot. For Muslims in New York, that rite of assimilation is now seen by police as a possible red flag in the hu

Law may not be on Muslims' side in NYPD intel case

2011 -- Even before it showed up in a secret police report, everybody in Bay Ridge knew that Mousa Ahmad's cafe was being watched

NYPD’s spying programs yielded only mixed results

2011 -- When New York undercover officers and informants were infiltrating a mosque in Queens in 2006, they failed to notice the increasingly radical sentiments of a young man who prayed there. Police also kept tabs on a Muslim student group at Queens Colleg

Authority for NYPD-CIA collaboration questioned

2012 -- The CIA's top lawyer never approved sending a veteran agency officer to New York, where he helped set up police spying programs, The Associated Press has learned. Such approval would have been required under the presidential order that Police Commiss

CIA to pull officer from NYPD after internal probe

2012 -- A CIA operative's unusual assignment inside the New York Police Department is being cut short after an internal investigation that criticized how the agency established its unprecedented collaboration with city police, The Associated Press has learne

Document shows NYPD eyed Shiites based on religion

2012 -- The New York Police Department recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques, based solely on their religion, as a way to sweep the Northeast for signs of Iranian terrorists, according to interviews and a newly

NYPD monitored Muslim students all over Northeast

2012 -- The New York Police Department monitored Muslim college students far more broadly than previously known, at schools far beyond the city limits, including the elite Ivy League colleges of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, The Associated Press h

NYPD built secret files on mosques outside NY

2012 -- Americans living and working in New Jersey's largest city were subjected to surveillance as part of the New York Police Department's effort to build databases of where Muslims work, shop and pray. The operation in Newark was so secretive even the cit

With cameras, informants, NYPD eyed mosques

2012 -- When a Danish newspaper published inflammatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in September 2005, Muslim communities around the world erupted in outrage. Violent mobs took to the streets in the Middle East. A Somali man even broke into the cartoonist's

White House helps pay for NYPD Muslim surveillance

2012 -- The Obama administration said Monday it has no control over how the New York Police Department spends millions of dollars in White House grants that helped pay for NYPD programs that put entire American Muslim neighborhoods under surveillance. In New

NJ FBI: NYPD monitoring damaged public trust

2012 -- In a rare public criticism of the New York Police Department, the top FBI official in New Jersey said Wednesday that the department's surveillance of Muslims in the state has hindered investigations and created "additional risks" in counterterrorism

Holder disturbed by reports on NYPD Muslim spying

2012 -- Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday he's disturbed by what he's read about the New York Police Department conducting surveillance of mosques and Islamic student organizations in New Jersey

NYPD docs: 'Focus' scrutiny on Muslim Americans

2012 -- The New York Police Department collected information on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans specifically because they were Muslims, according to newly obtained secret documents. They show in the clearest terms yet that police w

Consequences for security as NYPD-FBI rift widens

2012 -- In the fall of 2010, the FBI and New York Police Department were working together on a terrorism investigation on Long Island. The cyber case had been open for more than a year at the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn. So, the Justice Department was

Documents: NY police infiltrated liberal groups

2012 -- Undercover New York Police Department officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the U.S., according to interviews and documents that show how police have used co

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