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NYPD Ends Program to Spy on Local Muslims

'Demographics Unit' remains focus of 2 lawsuits

(Newser) - The NYPD is dropping a controversial undercover operation set up in the wake of 9/11 to spy on Muslims in the city, reports the New York Post . Under the Demographics Unit, later renamed the Zone Assessment Unit, plainclothes officers would infiltrate Muslim gathering places to learn what they could. The... More »

NYPD Secretly Labeled Mosques 'Terror Enterprises'

Designation allowed them to spy on anyone attending

(Newser) - The New York Police Department secretly opened "terrorism enterprise investigations" into at least 10 of the city's mosques, effectively designating every single congregant as a valid surveillance target. Documents uncovered by the AP show that the NYPD spied on countless Muslims, and even tried to get informants onto... More »

NYPD Chief Defends All the Racial Profiling He's Not Doing

Ray Kelly boasts of department's success

(Newser) - Ray Kelly has heard all the grumbles about the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy —which almost exclusively ensnares minorities —and its practice of spying on Muslims , and he wants you to know that those claims are sensationalized, and anyway there's nothing wrong with targeting minorities. In... More »

NYPD Infiltrated Liberal Groups

Undercover officers kept files on them: AP investigation

(Newser) - Looks like Muslims aren't the only ones the NYPD has spied on . The AP has uncovered documents showing that undercover NYPD officers infiltrated liberal political organizations, attending meetings and keeping intelligence files on activists. The effort ranged well outside their jurisdiction; in April 2008, for example, an officer was... More »

NYPD's Muslim Surveillance Used White House Funds

Anti-drug grant pays for cars, computers: AP report

(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... More »

Newark to Probe NYPD Muslim Spying

After AP shows mayor huge file detailing snooping in the city

(Newser) - When the AP showed Newark Mayor Cory Booker a file detailing the extent to which the NYPD's " Demographics Unit " had spied on his city's Muslims, he was caught off-guard. "Wow," he said. "This raises a number of concerns." Soon after, he said... More »

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