Saturday, January 28, 2012

CIA to pull officer from NYPD after internal probe

A series of AP articles have exposed close collaboration between the CIA and NYPD in domestic spying operations that put Muslim communities in New York under scrutiny.  It is illegal for the CIA to spy domestically; so the public have demanded investigations and explanations. Now the CIA and NYPD have made contradictory claims regarding the legal basis for the cooperation between the two agencies and the sharing of intelligence.

Source: Wall Street Journal

...the CIA's inspector general faulted the agency for sending an officer to New York with little oversight after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and then leaving him there too long. ...

The inspector general opened its investigation after a series of AP articles that revealed how the NYPD, working in close collaboration with the CIA, set up spying operations that put Muslim communities under scrutiny.

Plainclothes officers known as "rakers" eavesdropped in businesses, and Muslims not suspected of any wrongdoing were put in intelligence databases. ...

Police Commissioner Kelly said the new officer was working at the NYPD to help share foreign intelligence. Federal officials, however, said he was there on a management sabbatical and was not sharing intelligence. ...

This fall, Kelly told the city council that the collaboration was authorized under a presidential order. ...

A CIA spokeswoman, Jennifer Youngblood, said Sanchez was sent to New York at the direction of then-CIA Director George Tenet...

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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