CIA Checks to Make Sure Its Cooperation with NYPD is Legal


The Central Intelligence Agency has opened an internal inquiry into whether its close cooperation with the New York Police Department in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks has broken any laws prohibiting the agency from collecting intelligence in the United States, the New York Times reports. New CIA director David Petraeus said yesterday that his agency’s inspector general is checking “to make sure we are doing the right thing.”

The CIA is prohibited from gathering intelligence on American soil, but some have criticized its counterterrorism cooperation with law enforcement services as a de facto domestic spying campaign. The head of the New York police intelligence unit, David Cohen, is a former CIA official, and the agency has a senior clandestine officer embedded in the New York police force. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, said that while there were no CIA officers on the streets of New York collecting intelligence, he thought it was “not a good optic to have CIA involved in any city-level police department.”

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