Keith Olbermann talked to the AP's Matt Arpuzzo who helped to break this story today -- With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas.
TPM did a nice summary of the article here -- CIA Helped NYPD 'Mosque Crawlers' Investigate Muslim Communities:
The New York Police Department, with help from the CIA, is running antiterrorism operations outside of their jurisdiction that target ethnic communities in a way the federal government can't, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo report for the Associated Press.
Undercover officers known as "rakers" and undercover informants known as "mosque crawlers" are sent into minority neighborhoods, the AP reports. The NYPD denied that it targeted ethnic neighborhoods, saying that it only followed leads.
The program, the AP reported, was started by David Cohen, a retired 35-year veteran of the CIA who started at the NYPD in Jan. 2002. He, like police commissioner Ray Kelly, thought that the NYPD couldn't just rely on the federal government to protect the city from a future terrorist attack. CIA Director George Tenet tapped Larry Sanchez to help out Cohen. Sanchez, still on the CIA payroll, schooled officers in the art of intelligence gathering, said the AP.
Cohen started a secret squad that would infiltrate Muslim communities, several current and former officials involved in the program told the AP. One of the biggest issues for the CIA is that their intelligence officials are overwhelmingly white. But the NYPD didn't have that problem thanks to their diverse pool of officers, and were able to find the right fit for their undercover officers: Read on...