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Years of NYPD Spying on Muslims Produced No Leads

•, by Jason Ditz
 Since getting caught out in the unconstitutional program of mass surveillance of Middle Easterners entirely on the basis of ethnicity, the NYPD has been vocal in defense of the scheme, insisting that spying on Muslims in and around New York was vital and that critics had forgotten 9/11.
A newly unsealed deposition related to the federal civil rights case it spawned, however, paints the program in a particularly damning light, with Assistant Chief Thomas Galati admitting that the entire Demographics Program, which was in place for six solid years spying on virtually every Muslim in metro New York, has not found a single lead to anything.

Incredibly, even after admitting that they found literally nothing in six years, Galati argued that it remains an “important” program because it is theoretically possible they might find something at some point in the future.

The overtly racist program just gets worse the more Galati tried to defend it, pointing to spying on Pakistanis because one of them was speaking in Urdu and complaining about ethnic profiling. Galati testified that “most Urdu speakers from that region would be of concern.” Over 60 million people are native Urdu speakers.

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Comment by Boston Releigh
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Congrats NYPD! No more 911 as a result of your "spying" on Muslims ... not even for them to build a Mosque in the heart of New York City to monumentalize the success of their carnage more than a decade ago! You are looking good so far ... keep going!

Comment by Temper Bay
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 >> Years of NYPD Spying on Muslims Produced No Leads

I have to wonder if this is because there was no evil to be found - or - because the police are incompetent in this area?  

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