The AP released their report last month about the NYPD “trolling ethnic neighborhoods” and its close ties with the CIA. Now the the spy agency’s inspector genreal is figuring out whether or not they were breaking any laws by working in tandem with the the nation’s largest police force.
The main legal issue here is that it’s against the law to spy on any U.S. citizen. Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, has said that they haven’t done that. But having mosque crawlers and informants who just hang out in mosques, sounds like just that.
The U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper said this week, “It’s my own personal view that that’s not a good optic, to have CIA involved in any city-level police department. But I think CIA is going to address that.” Yeah its not a good optic, because its illegal for the country to spy on its own citizens.