NYPD Spied on Liberal Groups: Report

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The NYPD didn't just spy on entire Muslim communities -- a new report by The Associated Press reveals that cops also surveilled liberal political groups.

The AP (via CBS) notes that undercover cops went to liberal political groups' meetings, building intel files on activists and protesters.

The newswire says that interviews and docs collected during the investigation "show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities."

The AP points out that the NYPD used these same tactics in 2004, when the department monitored church, environmental, and anti-war groups in the U.S., claiming these policies were necessary to prep for the GOP convention.

But these methods continued far after the convention took place: in 2008, the NYPD's super-secret intel department sent an undercover officer to attend the People's Summit in New Orleans. The project report gathered information on two U.S. activists, journalist Jordan Flaherty and labor organizer Marisa Franco, the AP notes.

Here's what part of that filing, in a memo to top NYPD intel officer David Cohen, said:

One workshop was led by Jordan Flaherty, former member of the International Solidarity Movement Chapter in New York City...Mr. Flaherty is an editor and journalist of the Left Turn Magazine and was one of the main organizers of the conference. Mr. Flaherty held a discussion calling for the increase of the divestment campaign of Israel and mentioned two events related to Palestine.

But Flaherty, a HuffPo writer, disputes that he acted as a summit organizer. He counters that the event in question was a film festival in New Orleans, "suggesting that the undercover officer's duties were more widespread than described in the report."

These policies have been carried out by the NYPD's intelligence unit which, as the AP notes, has little oversight.

The department has not commented directly on this issue, but has said previously that its tactics are necessary in the wake of September 11.

Runnin' Scared reached out to the NYPD for comment. We'll update if we hear back.

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Payton_vege
Payton_vege

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TRUTH 101 !
TRUTH 101 !

The NYPD's antics are only going to cause a more deeper divide beween the American People and the so called American governent. The NYPD'S acts are a grotesque decoration , ugly and absurd being waged against WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!  They are only sowing the larger seeds of outrage and resentment. Maybe the more commotion that they sow, the more they fell an importance for thier self-egoism.

Nonstop to JFK
Nonstop to JFK

The NYPD are out of control.

I'd like to see them infiltrate an white supremacist/NRA rally in Kansas.

We'll see how tough these guys are then.

MasterD
MasterD

Guess the NYPD is still stuck in the '60s.

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If you are referring to the Occupy loons, it was probably a smart idea as they were sure to find innumerable mental aslysum escapees in attendance.

Those were some crazy nutbags who needed watching before they hurt themselves or the unfortunates whom came within striking distance of these loons.

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Mayor Bloomberg must be getting ready for his weekly " I support the NYPD no matter what the hell they do" speech.

Gepap
Gepap

I wonder when the NYPD surveillance of right-wing terror groups will be exposed - wait, those are white conservative people, so probably NEVER.

Fred Fnord
Fred Fnord

Ha! I have rarely seen a situation so precisely tailored for the reply, 'U mad bro?'

Wellstoner
Wellstoner

Americans standing up, and showing up, for what they believe in. OWS are patriots.

Panjandrum
Panjandrum

The only "loon" or "crazy nutbag" out there is YOU. Look in the mirror, goon, and try not to lose it at what's staring back at you.

steve duncan
steve duncan

Geez, any opportunity to denigrate the "dirty fucking hippies" will do with some people. Um, the above article specifically calls out two time frames liberal/progressive/activist groups were targeted for intel probing, 2004 and 2008. Was the goddamned OWS movement even around in those two time periods? STFU.

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