My Personal Police State: New York

The New York Times is reporting that members of the New York City Police Department conducted surveillance operations across the country and in Europe prior to the 2004 Republican National Convention. The purpose of these activities was to assess and control the likelihood of a terrorist-type event during the RNC.Nothing of consequence happened during the convention.

Nonetheless, the practice of unchecked (at the time of the initiative) state surveillance is proceeding forward. May you live in interesting times…

clipped from www.nytimes.com
“Activists are showing a well-organized network made up of anti-Bush sentiment; the mixing of music and political rhetoric indicates sophisticated organizing skills with a specific agenda,” said the report, dated Oct. 9, 2003. “Police departments in above listed areas have been contacted regarding this event.”
Police records indicate that in addition to sharing information with other police departments, New York undercover officers were active themselves in at least 15 places outside New York — including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montreal, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C. — and in Europe.
To date, as the boundaries of the department’s expanded powers continue to be debated, police officials have provided only glimpses of its intelligence-gathering.

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