According to a recently declassified Inspector General report the CIA embedded four intelligence officers inside the New York Police Department even though an Executive Order and the National Security Act of 1947 explicitly forbid the CIA from conducting domestic surveillance. The report, completed in 2011, says that officers believed there were no limitations on their activities and the scope of their work went beyond foreign intelligence.
Four Central Intelligence Agency officers were embedded with the New York Police Department in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001, including one official who helped conduct surveillance operations in the United States, according to a newly disclosed C.I.A. inspector general’s report.
That officer believed there were “no limitations” on his activities, the report said, because he was on an unpaid leave of absence, and thus exempt from the prohibition against domestic spying by members of the C.I.A.
If you aren’t getting paid it’s not against the law? That loophole would be absurd if it existed.
Another embedded C.I.A. analyst — who was on its payroll — said he was given “unfiltered” police reports that included information unrelated to foreign intelligence, the C.I.A. report said..
The C.I.A. inspector general, David B. Buckley, found that the collaboration was fraught with “irregular personnel practices,” that it lacked “formal documentation in some important instances,” and that “there was inadequate direction and control” by agency supervisors.
The CIA agents left in 2012 which means they were inside the NYPD during Occupy Wall Street though I’m sure like their FBI and DHS colleagues they were completely unconcerned with peaceful political activities.
The report comes amidst a series of lawsuits related to the NYPD’s questionable post-9/11 surveillance tactics regarding Muslim-Americans. Many Muslim-Americans feel they have been unjustly targeted by the government and the NYPD, which turns out to be the case. The NYPD also crossed into New Jersey without notifying the NJ state government to spy on Muslim-Americans there. There may even be more information to come as the lawsuits make their way through the courts.