Demographics Unit

Latest Demographics Unit Items
  • NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

    The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor.


  • FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu'ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.


  • ** FILE ** A member of the Muslim community performs a call to prayer during a rally in New York on Feb. 3, 2012, to demand the resignation of police Commissioner Ray Kelly and police department spokesman Paul Browne. Thirty-three civil rights groups from around America complained to the New York attorney general about police documents that showed the New York Police Department recommending increased surveillance of Shiite mosques based solely on their religion. (Associated Press)

    NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases

    In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.


  • ** FILE ** A member of the Muslim community performs a call to prayer during a rally in New York on Feb. 3, 2012, to demand the resignation of police Commissioner Ray Kelly and police department spokesman Paul Browne. Thirty-three civil rights groups from around America complained to the New York attorney general about police documents that showed the New York Police Department recommending increased surveillance of Shiite mosques based solely on their religion. (Associated Press)

    NYPD: Muslim spying led to no leads, terror cases

    In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.


  • A large gathering sits March 8, 2012, at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., during an interfaith news conference to address concerns about the spying conducted by the New York City Police Department on the Muslim community in New Jersey. (Associated Press)

    NYPD docs: 'Focus' scrutiny on Muslim Americans

    The New York Police Department kept secret files on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans specifically because they were Muslims, according to newly obtained documents that spell out in the clearest terms yet that police were monitoring people based on religion.


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