White House Helps Pay NYPD to Spy on Muslims: Report

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This just in from The Associated Press: The White House has helped pay the New York Police Department millions to spy on the city's Muslims, efforts which have gone so far as to put entire neighborhoods under surveillance.

Here's the deal: The money comes from a little-known grant program called the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which has given New York and New Jersey some $135 million since Sept. 11, 2001. HIDTA is controlled by the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy. The setup is supposed to be for anti-drug efforts, but some HIDTA money has gone toward anti-terrorism work since the terrorist attacks.

The AP (via Wall Street Journal) reports that some of this HIDTA cash: "has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods. It also paid for computers that store even innocuous information about Muslim college students, mosque sermons and social events."

Remember that last week, the AP came forward with an investigation revealing that the NYPD spied on Muslim college students all across the Northeast -- even going so far as to send an agent on a whitewater rafting trip.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, responding to criticism, went on the defensive, telling reporters that such NYPD policies are necessary to protect basic freedoms. Bloomberg then took to the airwaves Friday, claiming that these practices are completely legal.

The AP's newest revelations, though, threaten to strain the already tense relationship between the White House, NYPD, and American Muslims.

From the AP:

"The administration has championed outreach to American Muslims and has said law enforcement should not put entire communities under suspicion.

The Obama administration, however, has pointedly refused to endorse or repudiate the NYPD programs it helps pay for. The White House last week declined to comment on its grant payments."

Some specs of the program's intel gathering: cops took photos of mosques and jotted down license plate numbers, as well as recording Americanized muslims' names in a database. Info indicates that the NYPD and HIDTA shared office space and supplies.

HIDTA was started at the height of the drug war, as a way of combatting the spread of illegal narcotics, and has since funded $2.3 billion in anti-trafficking efforts.

But Congress "is not provided with a detailed breakdown of activities. None of the NYPD's clandestine programs is cited in the New York-New Jersey region's annual reports to Congress between 2006 and 2010."

In other words: It's unclear how much of New York's HIDTA money is being used to spy on Muslims.

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Mikael Abdul Bari
Mikael Abdul Bari

Well, all you duped Americans forhope and change this certainly sounds like the same devilish tactics that J.Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I. used on the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, Dr. MartinL. King, Jr., the Black Panthers and other such ‘subversives’ here inAmeriKKKa. The Black-American community should be especially upset because oneof theirs is sitting in the Oval Office, but that is perhaps the irony. BarackObama isn’t a Black American, no I’m not a ‘Birther’ at all. President Obama,the neo-con stooge, is a true African-American. Obama’s father was an Africanimmigrant who came to America in 1959.  Areal Black American’s forefathers were slaves in the Americas, and thuslyAmerican Blacks have the historic memory of chattel slavery. African slaves inthe Americas, especially the southern part of this country were subjected tocenturies of the most horrific and dehumanizing treatment in the annals ofhistory. Blacks in the U.S.A. were stripped of their names, religions,languages, knowledge of self, culture, histories, nationalities, tribal andfamily ties. Clearly Obama is not a Black American; I doubt a Black Americanwould be such a blood-thirsty warmonger like Obama is. Real Black Americanshave some sentiments of mercy, peace and justice in their hearts, not like theruthless drone-extrajudicial murderer Obama. Black people have been cleverly deceivedmanipulated by the devilish people who run America so that their support for Obamais unconditional even though he does absolutely nothing to address theirconcerns or champion the causes of Black Americans. Several once powerful BlackDemocratic politicians have been humbled and humiliated under Obama’s watch andthey were never afforded protection by the head of their own party. Obama’s indecisivenessand lack of leadership skills prove that he is only a puppet-like mouthpiecefor the higher powers in the military industrial-complex, the oil companies andbig business. Hope and change? Let’s hope there is a change.

Mikael Abdul Bari
Mikael Abdul Bari

Well, all you duped Americans forhope and change this certainly sounds like the same devilish tactics that J.Edgar Hoover and the F.B.I. used on the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, Dr. MartinL. King, Jr., the Black Panthers and other such ‘subversives’ here inAmeriKKKa. The Black-American community should be especially upset because oneof theirs is sitting in the Oval Office, but that is perhaps the irony. BarackObama isn’t a Black American, no I’m not a ‘Birther’ at all. President Obama,the neo-con stooge, is a true African-American. Obama’s father was an Africanimmigrant who came to America in 1959.  Areal Black American’s forefathers were slaves in the Americas, and thuslyAmerican Blacks have the historic memory of chattel slavery. African slaves inthe Americas, especially the southern part of this country were subjected tocenturies of the most horrific and dehumanizing treatment in the annals ofhistory. Blacks in the U.S.A. were stripped of their names, religions,languages, knowledge of self, culture, histories, nationalities, tribal andfamily ties. Clearly Obama is not a Black American; I doubt a Black Americanwould be such a blood-thirsty warmonger like Obama is. Real Black Americanshave some sentiments of mercy, peace and justice in their hearts, not like theruthless drone-extrajudicial murderer Obama. Black people have been cleverly deceivedmanipulated by the devilish people who run America so that their support for Obamais unconditional even though he does absolutely nothing to address theirconcerns or champion the causes of Black Americans. Several once powerful BlackDemocratic politicians have been humbled and humiliated under Obama’s watch andthey were never afforded protection by the head of their own party. Obama’s indecisivenessand lack of leadership skills prove that he is only a puppet-like mouthpiecefor the higher powers in the military industrial-complex, the oil companies andbig business. Hope and change? Let’s hope there is a change.

Guest
Guest

You use lots of big words, but I still don't understand what is it that you want. 

vajoiner
vajoiner

of course obama doesnt work for you. in the same way bush didnt work for me. this isnt a movie.

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