NYCLU Calls For Federal Probe Of NYPD’s Use Of White House Funds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Civil Liberties Union wants federal officials to investigate the use of White House grants for police spying on Muslims.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

The Associated Press reports the NYPD used some federal drug fighting funds to help pay for surveillance of mosques and Muslim businesses.

“We are deeply concerned that federal resources may have been used and spying information stored in violation of federal regulations that protect Americans’ privacy and constitutional rights against law enforcement overreach,” Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, said on the organization’s website. “It’s not just Mayor Bloomberg who needs to investigate the NYPD’s improper activities, it’s now the federal government as well.”

Since 9/11, the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to fight drug crimes. The White House says it has no control over how those grants are used.

On Monday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended the department’s use of federal drug fighting funds for the NYPD’s surveillance program and says they have no plans to stop.

“Not everybody is going to be happy,” he said. “Our primary mission, our primary goal is to keep this city safe and save lives.”

Kelly said they’ve arrested 44 suspected terrorists accused of building bombs to target sites across the city.

But Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU, calls it disturbing.

“There may very well be Constitutional violations,” she said.

Civil rights groups are also asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch an investigation, but Cuomo says he sees no reason to second-guess the NYPD’s methods.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • ?????

    Why does a Whitney Houston story get 250 comments, but something as important to us NYers like this, gets only 6 COMMENTS??

    • Michael H.

      Take a look at the front page of Drudge from time to time. When a story here hits 100+ comments, odds are Drudge is linking to it and the Tea Partiers come a-runnin’.

  • 2012

    Who cares about the NYCLU. The most disgusting liberal racist organization again cloaked in the so-called name of civil liberties there is. Next time there’s a terrorist attack it should only be their offices that get it then they’ll be crying the cops didn’t help them.

  • ACLU, please go away!

    The ACLU is run and staffed by Ultra Liberal self-hating Jews. This has nothing to do with Civil Liberties and all to do with them having no self worth.

    • Michael H.

      You should take the time to actually review the cases that the ACLU has taken on over the years. They fight for the rights of Americans of all backgrounds and creeds. They’ve fought for Christians, gun owners, even the KKK. The only side the ACLU ever takes is that of the American citizen that is having their rights infringed upon.

  • The Facts

    This leftist organization is unconcerned with public safety and only interested in promoting its own liberal agenda.

  • William

    These friggin’ lawyers are scarier than the terrorists and much more dangerous to us!!! What a bunch!!!

  • pugphan

    The CLU is going to be our downfall. smokersodysseycom

  • teetotaler

    The primary purpose of any public official is to protect the public.

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