NYPD's Muslim Surveillance Used White House Funds
Anti-drug grant pays for cars, computers: AP report
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 1:48 PM CST
A NYPD car is parked outside a building in downtown Manhattan.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – The NYPD's controversial Muslim surveillance programs were funded in part by millions of dollars directly from the Bush and Obama administrations, the AP reports. Since the 9/11 attacks, $135 million has been provided through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), which hands out grants, under the watch of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to fight drug crimes. But an unknown amount of that money has actually been used for cars and computers used in the Muslim surveillance efforts, the AP finds.

Prior to this revelation, the Obama administration had attempted to distance itself from the NYPD counterterrorism program, but has neither endorsed nor renounced it. One director says the vast majority of the funds have been used to fight drugs, and that less than $1.3 million was spent on cars used to "collect and analyze counterterrorism information." But former police officials say those same cars have also been used to photograph mosques and the license plates of worshippers there. In addition, the AP notes, computers purchased with HIDTA funds have been used to keep lists of Muslims who switched to Americanized names. Click for the full report.

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clarenccharlie
Feb 28, 2012 12:53 AM CST
Wish we can work on Hawaii drug problem if people think courts system is filled with drug case and realeted because of drugs ship ment of drugs in the tons & tons Hawaiian mafia in business over 35 years seem to be going strong finding diffrent wat to keep their money few % from diffrent people still add up to a lot people on goverment housing or welfare selling drugs Hawaiian mafia using some police may it did stop who know .do we need more baby tossed over bridge or more drug murder before they stop the original crime figgure & mafia kids or let stop them Now please meth cover a few years back and stadium caused more death & injury
awojoone1
Feb 27, 2012 8:13 PM CST
WE need MORE surveillance NOT less!!!! The hell with New york, come to Dearborn( istan) as the raggheads call it!!! NOT Dearborn, Michigan!! These muzzslumms MUST realize one thing about Americans>>>> WE AIN'T STUPID !!!! We Americans know how dirty, nasty, filthy, hateful, and sick your religion really is !!! Dearborn is filled with these korangatangs preaching HATE !! STOP hiding your imams in burkas ??? The driver of the car that hit us GOING THRU A GREEN LIGHT HE was wearing a burka baby????? !!!! This bassturrdd had 30 people there in 5 minutes trying to help this sissy get away from the cops!!!! The cops were completely STUPID !!!! WE NEED MORE I.C.E. agents to protect us real Americans against these heathens!!! WE have more illegal arubbs in Dearborn than in New York!!! Please help us !!!???? The Dearborn cops have interpreters so when they stop people breaking the law they can explain in arubbic what they did WRONG!!!!
Spudsy
Feb 27, 2012 4:01 PM CST
Meh. Better than chasing around some poor college kids just trying to buy some grass and relax.