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    NYPD Spies on Muslim Communities

    Image #: 148707    Muslim men participate in Friday holy day prayers at the 96th Street Mosque in New York, March 21, 2003.  The war on Iraq was and its effect on world religions was a major part of discussion in the Imans message to followers. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton /Landov

    Shannon Stapleton, Reuters / Landov

    The CIA isn't allowed to spy on U.S. citizens, but that doesn't mean it can't help the New York Police Department do it. According to an AP investigation, after the Sept. 11 attacks the CIA helped the NYPD set up an intelligence unit that often took aggressive measures in an attempt to detect terrorist plots. The department sent undercover officers known as “rakers” into Muslim neighborhoods and sent informants known as “mosque crawlers” to monitor sermons, even when there was no evidence of wrongdoing. It created a “Demographics Unit” to match undercover officers with particular communities of the same ethnicity and sent those officers to look for suspicious behavior. If the FBI were to adopt these tactics, it would violate the Privacy Act. The NYPD denies that the Demographics Unit exists and says it only follows leads.

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