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CIA investigates whether laws broken helping NYPD – AP

September 13, 2011

CIA investigates whether laws broken helping NYPD

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA said Tuesday it is investigating whether the agency broke the law by helping the New York Police Department build intelligence-gathering programs that monitored life in Muslim communities.

The CIA’s new director, David Petraeus, told Congress on Tuesday that the agency’s inspector general began investigating at the request of acting director Michael Morell, before Petraeus took office just over one week ago. The agency’s unprecedented cooperation with the NYPD was part of an eight-month investigation by The Associated Press.

The AP found that NYPD intelligence officers analyzed hundreds of mosques and student organizations, infiltrating dozens of them. Undercover officers eavesdropped in cafes and restaurants and wrote daily reports about what they overheard. The department also maintained a list of 28 countries that, along with “American Black Muslim,” the department labeled “ancestries of interest.”

A CIA officer, Lawrence Sanchez, helped create and guide these programs. From 2002 to 2004, when these programs were being built, Sanchez was on the CIA payroll and maintained an office at both the NYPD and the CIA’s offices in New York. The programs have continued with at least the tacit support of President Barack Obama, whose administration has repeatedly sidestepped questions about them.

The NYPD also sent a detective on a temporary assignment to the CIA, where he completed the agency’s 17-week foreign espionage course. After that rare training, he then returned to New York to supervise intelligence investigations.

via The Associated Press: CIA investigates whether laws broken helping NYPD.

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