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October 06, 2005

So the NYPD now has its own CIA! 

So the NYPD now has its own internal CIA. They have operatives in foreign lands and are currently conduction intelligence collection activities in and outside of the New York state boarders AND outside of the United States boarders. How is this possible? Who is funding it? Where are the checks and balances to insure American privacy?
(To watch a video about New York’s CIA log onto www.cnn.com and choose the link “New York’s CIA” under the watch free video heading)

I can tell you the state of New York is not funding this alone, they are using FEDERAL money (read YOUR tax dollars) from counter terrorism funds to bypass federal government agencies and are operating way outside there jurisdiction. So how do they get away with it? Easy. The intelligence community and DOD can’t do a lot of stuff because they are restricted and managed by such laws as Executive order 12334, however when they get local state law enforcement officials assigned to their “fusion cells” or other joint operational working groups the loop hole is widened.

I have no problem and indeed want to see more states running there own intelligence programs within their states. The only reason there has not been more intelligence cells and operations set up by local and state police prior to 911 is that the FOP or other police unions and lobbies have done their best to control Law Enforcement jobs and not allow other professionals (such as experienced intelligence agents) to come into the organization except through the normal uniform wearing cop route.

I question the wisdom and motivation that lead to any New York law enforcement officers being posted overseas. A liaison on temporary duty is fine but this is ridiculous.

All intelligence agencies of the US government fall under Executive Order 12334--President's Intelligence Oversight Board

The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 amended the Hughes-Ryan Amendment to require notice of covert actions only to the two intelligence committees; the requirement to notify six other committees was eliminated. In 1982, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act became law, making it a crime to reveal the identity of intelligence agents. This was followed by the enactment in 1984 of the CIA Information Act, which exempted certain CIA operational files from requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

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