NYPD secret police spy on Americans, but led to no terrorism cases of any kind
- Police department admits demographics unit spied on Muslims for six years without triggering even one single terrorism investigation.
POLICE STATE - Call me old fashioned. But back in the olden days the local police were supposed to track down the bad guys who had committed crimes and arrest them.
Alas, that is no more. Now the police spend countless tax dollars spying on people on the chance that someday they might commit a crime. Welcome to the modern American Police State.
It appears that spying is not paying off. The UK Guardian reports that in more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloging mosques, the New York police department's secret demographics unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation. The NYPD acknowledged this in court testimony unsealed late Monday.
The demographics unit is at the heart of a police spying program, built with help from the CIA, which assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. Police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques, monitored sermons and cataloged every Muslim in New York who adopted new, Americanized surnames.
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This time Muslims were the targets of spying, but don't worry, everyone is being added to the list.
Police hoped the demographics unit would serve as an early warning system for terrorism. And if police ever got a tip about, say, an Afghan terrorist in the city, they'd know where he was likely to rent a room, buy groceries and watch sports.
But in a 28 June deposition as part of a longstanding federal civil rights case, assistant chief Thomas Galati said none of the conversations the officers overheard ever led to a case.
"I never made a lead from rhetoric that came from a demographics report, and I'm here since 2006," he said. "I don't recall other ones prior to my arrival. Again, that's always a possibility. I am not aware of any."
The American Police State
Democrat or Republican. Liberal or Conservative. It does not matter. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights no longer has any meaning to the factions of American politics. In the name of "security" both parties are demanding the abolition of the Bill of Rights and the creation of a Police State to watch over us 24-7.
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” - - - John Adams