August 26, 2013
Is the NYPD Worse Than the NSA?

The surveillance debate triggered by Edward Snowden’s leaks frequently features government spokespeople assuring Americans that the authorities aren’t targeting us with their spying activities. Implicit is the notion that if Americans were being targeted, that would be an abuse of power. 
In New York City, the debate is different, because there’s no doubt about the NYPD’s surveillance tactics: they’re definitely targeting innocent Americans citizens and legal residents. And that’s an ongoing abuse of power, even if comparatively fewer people have heard about it.
We’ve known for some time that innocent Muslim Americans were ethnically profiled by undercover NYPD officers, causing significant, under-acknowledged hardship in affected communities. Earlier this summer, Charlie Savage reported on four C.I.A. officers embedded within the NYPD, despite the strict rules governing the spy agency’s behavior within the United States. And today, New York has published “The NYPD Division of UnAmerican Activities,” in which Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman unearth even more alarming details about the NYPD Demographics Unit.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Is the NYPD Worse Than the NSA?

The surveillance debate triggered by Edward Snowden’s leaks frequently features government spokespeople assuring Americans that the authorities aren’t targeting us with their spying activities. Implicit is the notion that if Americans were being targeted, that would be an abuse of power. 

In New York City, the debate is different, because there’s no doubt about the NYPD’s surveillance tactics: they’re definitely targeting innocent Americans citizens and legal residents. And that’s an ongoing abuse of power, even if comparatively fewer people have heard about it.

We’ve known for some time that innocent Muslim Americans were ethnically profiled by undercover NYPD officers, causing significant, under-acknowledged hardship in affected communities. Earlier this summer, Charlie Savage reported on four C.I.A. officers embedded within the NYPD, despite the strict rules governing the spy agency’s behavior within the United States. And today, New York has published “The NYPD Division of UnAmerican Activities,” in which Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman unearth even more alarming details about the NYPD Demographics Unit.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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