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Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims


Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims
Originally published: August 29, 2012 5:13 PM
Updated: August 29, 2012 6:22 PM

Photo credit: JASON DECROW | Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the press after a promotion ceremony at police headquarters in New York. (Aug. 4, 2012)
New Yorkers recently learned how many terrorism investigations have resulted from the controversial NYPD surveillance operation that included spying in neighborhoods where Muslims live, eavesdropping on their conversations and infiltrating mosques: zero. If the New York Police Department is going to engage in practices that potentially trample civil liberties, the information gathered should at least be useful in preventing terrorism.
The NYPD Demographics Unit has been monitoring Muslim communities in the city, on Long Island and elsewhere for years. But a June 28 deposition by NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, which was unsealed last week, provided the first official glimpse of the secretive operation. Galati was questioned in a lawsuit challenging the spying as a violation of a 1985 court-monitored agreement that set federal guidelines prohibiting the surveillance of political activity when there is no indication of unlawful activity.