When the biggest story in years broke this month in the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case, few noticed that an online community of crime buffs and two filmmakers sparked the revelation.
After the Sept, 11, 2001 attacks, the NYPD created a massive surveillance operation—aided by at least one CIA operative—directed at Muslims. It led the police department entrusted with policing the five boroughs to stretch its increasingly growing intelligence apparatus to Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and even parts of Pennsylvania.
Thousands of police officers from around the nation descended upon Massapequa to join family, friends and colleagues of slain New York City Police Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo in mourning at his funeral Thursday.
After each terror attack, the rhetoric seems to ricochet unabated on cable news and in the mainstream media. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s horrific bombings in Brussels, which killed 31 and injured more than 300, Donald Trump reaffirmed his Muslim ban proposal by saying the US should close its borders. His closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, suggested authorities descend on so-called “Muslim communities” and spy on citizens.
The American Civil Liberties Union has confirmed Stingrays use across 59 different agencies in 23 states. The latest disclosure brings to three the number of known local law enforcement agencies operating the device in New York State: NYPD, New York State Police, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
Civil rights attorneys lauded the agreement for establishing much-needed safeguards to prevent abuse and religious profiling of a disenfranchised population.
"The FBI's job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers."
At least 20 drone incidents were reported to authorities on Long Island amid debate over how to regulate the new technology.