October 17, 2011
The NYPD’s comfy relationship with the CIA is back in the news again. In August it was reported that the spook agency was working with the cops in New York to spy on Muslims. The CIA and the NYPD began working together a few months after the 9/11 attacks.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said at the time that the chief of the NYPD’s intelligence division is led by David Cohen, a CIA veteran prior to coming to the NYPD in 2002. He said the department’s counter-intelligence program foiled 13 terror plots since September 11, 2001, through a collaboration with the FBI and other federal agencies.
Although the CIA’s charter supposedly bars it from operating domestically, it began doing so before the ink was dry on the National Security Act of 1947. The Patriot Act established a direct link between law enforcement and the CIA.
The CIA now works directly with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New York, which has hundreds of NYPD detectives assigned to it. JTTF is comprised of the FBI and other federal agencies , including the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, and the U.S. Secret Service and state and local law enforcement.
In order to understand what the CIA hopes to accomplish, check out what it did with its Operation CHAOS, one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of the United States.
The JTTF has collaborated with police departments around the country since at least the mid-1990s, well before the so-called war on terror.
The FBI likes to portray itself as the federal agency that tracks down bank robbers and kidnappers, but in fact it specializes in persecuting people outside the acceptable political parameters established by the government. This became obvious last year when the FBI and the JTTF raided the homes of antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. Documents reveal the FBI considers antiwar activists as terrorists and have equated nonviolent protest with domestic terrorism.
Earlier this year, the Portland City Council voted to allow closer integration of its cops and the JTTF despite fierce community opposition. The council made its decision after the FBI staged the arrest of Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud on terrorism charges and showboated it before an appreciative corporate media.
In New York and elsewhere around the country, the FBI, JTTF — and the above mentioned medley of agencies and bloated bureaucracies – along with local cops and the CIA work together in undercover operations against not only Muslims, but political activists.
We can now expect illegal CIA operations against Americans to become militarized under the direction of David Petraeus, the new CIA director.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the CIA has “no business or authority in domestic spying, or in advising the NYPD how to conduct local surveillance,” but her complaint will not stop the ongoing consolation of federal and local cops increasingly under the direction of the CIA, an outlaw agency known for overthrowing countries and assassinating pesky opponents in foreign lands.
The FBI and the CIA are putting the finishing touches on a political surveillance police sate apparatus. It is being sold under the phony rubric of terrorism prevention, never mind terrorists the government offers as examples are by and large clueless patsies, drunks and drug addicts, the mentally ill and loudmouthed miscreants who make the mistake of talking about al-Qaeda or agreeing with agents provocateurs to bomb airports and other targets despite the fact they are mostly incapable of doing so.
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