Four CIA Officers Were Embedded in NYPD, One In Domestic Surveillance


Four Central Intelligence Agency officers were embedded with the New York Police Department in the decade after Sept. 11, 2001, including one official who helped conduct surveillance operations in the U.S., says a CIA inspector general's report quoted by the New York Times. That officer believed there were “no limitations” on his activities, the report said, because he was on an unpaid leave of absence, and thus exempt from the prohibition against CIA domestic spying.

The 2011 report’s executive summary was declassified in response to a Freedom of Information Act suit. It was disclosed at a time of intense interest in domestic spying after leaks by a former contractor for the National Security Agency and with lawsuits against the New York Police Department alleging unconstitutional surveillance of Muslim communities and mosques in New Jersey and New York.

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