The NYPD is ready to fess up. The department has admitted that spying on Muslims in New York City and surrounding areas, was an epic waste of money, resources, and time. The investigation helmed by the Demographics Unit was not only a form of discrimination, but provided no leads into potential terrorist activity.
With the help of the CIA, the DU put together a database telling where Muslim citizens in the city lived, shopped, prayed and worked. In addition, police also placed spies in mosques, and infiltrated Muslim student groups, all in hopes of finding out some brand new information, but came up with nothing. “For some, the very act of intelligence gathering seems illegitimate when applied to the crime of terrorism,” said NYPD commissioner, Ray Kelly earlier in the year. “In fact, the Police Department uses many of the same methods to find and stop terrorists that we use to arrest drug dealers, human traffickers and gang leaders.”
In response to the profiling, a representative from the New Jersey chapter of the Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit against the police department. “This lawsuit is about the pervasive and discriminatory policies and practices that Commissioner Ray Kelly and his leadership team have put into motion and that need to stop. Standing up to the largest police department in the country takes courage, and these brave individuals have done so in order to protect America’s future,” said Advocates president Farhana Khera.
Now that the error of the department’s ways has been made public, the DU’s former senior analyst, Mitchell Siber, claims that they were not totally unsuccessful. According to Siber, the unit was provided with a tip that led to a case against a bookstore clerk convicted of plotting to bomb a Manhattan subway station. However, Thoma Galati, head of the NYPD Intelligence Division, testified that there was no evidence to support Siber’s claims.
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