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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emptywheel RT @nickmanes1: Bell's Brewing owner sends a "screw you" to AB-InBev. http://t.co/NbYYqvozlq
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emptywheel NSA: Yeah, sorry we lied abt using 702, 215 to catch DEA's OWN INFORMANT. We'd never thought abt if these were useful http://t.co/zMfQlUXl9s
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emptywheel @joanneleon Also "Trust us."
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emptywheel New rule: if a spy can't pitch value of dragnet in an elevator pitch w/o lying, SHUT IT DOWN.
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emptywheel Officials defend lying abt role of 215, 702 in Headley case bc of "super-heated atmosphere after Snowden revelations" http://t.co/zMfQlUXl9s
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emptywheel @onekade Well, if they can't steal cars anymore why not expose college students to the violence of cartels for cash?
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emptywheel @jsundmanus How about just ask a few pointed questions? One or two, maybe?
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emptywheel NSA, which has automatic system for matching IDs, claims it failed to match Headley's original name w/his changed one http://t.co/zMfQlUXl9s
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emptywheel @JuliaAngwin They'll use their drones to come drop off the goat in your yard. A real 21st century alternative to paying kids for yard work
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emptywheel .@CHARLESFADDIS on bulk surveillance: "You’re going to waste lot of $...you’re going have very little to show for it” http://t.co/zMfQlUXl9s
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emptywheel @Ali_Gharib ISO one ironic psychopathic dude. Must like torture, military parades, and sucking up to USG for aid dollars.
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bmaz @adamshermanesq No kidding. I guess it could be argued suspicious under Illinois v. Wardlow, but use of force+immediate arrest way excessive
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