NYPD’s Spying Program: Not a Single Lead

All the spying on Muslims the NYPD has been doing for the last decade plus?

It has not led to a single investigation.

That’s what the head of NYPD’s intelligence program, Thomas Galati, said in a deposition in June on whether the Department was violating the Handschu Guidelines.

Q If they make an assessment of what’s being brought in, warrants, some action, does that indicate that an investigation has commenced?

MR. FARRELL: Objection.

A Related to Demographics, I can tell you that information that have come in has not commenced an investigation.

And the one investigation that Galati says might have derived from Demographics Unit information–which has been referred to elsewhere as a case that came from this spying–is that of James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj, where the NYPD paid lots of money to an informant to coax two troubled young men into declaring the intent to attack a subway station.

Q You’re saying that based on what has occurred during your tenor, correct?

A Yes.

Q Do you know whether that was also the case before you took over the Intelligence Division?

A I think that prior to me, there had been indication that there was one place that was visited later, that later on became subject of an investigation. However, I have not been able to determine that. That case involved a prosecution, but I have not been able to definitively say that it was because of Demographics.

That it. That’s what has come out of all the money and time invested in mapping out the Muslim hangouts in NYC.

The AP article describes other details Galati admitted to (better not speak Urdu in the city) and I’ll have a few more things to say later today. But we now have confirmation from the guy heading the program: all this spying has not identified a single terrorist.

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bmaz @ScottGreenfield Cleerly not an issue.
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bmaz Some crazy facts in this report. The Psychiatric Board needs to have a serious sit down with Dr. Lynn Fenton. https://t.co/1BmbXDbXFi
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bmaz Ought to be the perfect pairing with Don Lemon https://t.co/ZQxHUqGRCk
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bmaz @Popehat Terrible misuse of a car radio.
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bmaz RT @CSGV: What If a County Clerk Suddenly Decided that Issuing a Gun Permit Was Against His/Her Religion? #p2 #tcot Hump Day http://t.co/Hi
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bmaz @JoshMBlackman This is a silly argument. It has long been discussed in terms of emanating from both 5th and 14th
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bmaz @astepanovich Is a quack giving Don Quixote a bad name.
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bmaz @WALLACHLEGAL @InsideSportsLaw Amazing the 2nd is lower than DC Cir, who effectively didn't do en bancs for years. Must be the "Mini" thing.
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emptywheel RT @ryangrim: Trump tying Jeb so closely to "hedge fund guys" can't make hedge fund guys happy. Pretty fun though.
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emptywheel @BobbyChesney Is this some Fifth Column organization? @UTIntel
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emptywheel @davidcnswanson I'm so old I remember when @MarkWarner got embarrassed by a hippie blogger in 2006 pointing out Iran not biggest WMD threat
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