Apartment Manager Uncovered NYPD's Illegal Spying Ring in NJ
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- Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:48:30 -0500
Apartment Manager Uncovered NYPD's Illegal Spying Ring
Called 911 to Report 'Suspicious' Apartment That Was Police Safehouse
by Jason Ditz, July 25, 2012 .
A New Brunswick, N.J. 911 audiotape reveals the manner through which one
of the NYPD's illegal out of town surveillance operations was uncovered,
as the superintendent of an apartment complex called to report an
inspection revealed a 'suspicious' dwelling which turned out to be a
The complex was just off the campus of Rutgers University and the
apartment in question was decidedly suspicious: no furniture, full of
terrorist literature and surveillance equipment. The caller thought he
had uncovered a terrorist hideout.
Turns out it was one of several 'safehouses' at which NYPD spies run
schemes to spy on 'political organizers' and built databases of Muslims
living in areas near New York City. The call led to a raid by New
Brunswick police and later the FBI, which seized the gear.
The NYPD was eventually forced to cop to it, and asked the FBI to return
their equipment. They had been pressuring the New Brunswick police not
to allow the 911 audiotape to be released to the media.
The NYPD has defended the surveillance as 'legal,' saying that the
police weren't "acting as police" when they were spying on Muslims
outside of the city, and that therefore anything they did was legal.
Mayor Bloomberg insisted the NYPD has a right to go 'anywhere in the
country' looking for terrorists.
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