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Newark Star-Ledger: FBI Surveillance’s Lasting Impact Reminiscent of NYPD’s Snooping in Newark

Editorial Board
Newark Star-Ledger 

In its hunt for terrorists, the New York Police Department hid moles in Newark mosques and sent agents into Paterson bodegas. The spying stayed secret until boxes of documents were leaked to the Associated Press.

Here’s what was exposed: The NYPD’s surveillance of New Jersey Muslims never turned up a useful lead. But it bred mistrust in those neighborhoods — of police, the government and each other. The damager will outlast the cops’ cloak-and-dagger failure.

The American Civil Liberties Union has evidence of a nearly identical FBI program to
track and map racial, ethnic and religious groups across the country — under a 2003 law that protects the agency’s profiling. In 2011, ACLU lawyers sued for details about who, where and how the feds are watching these communities. This week, a federal appeals court ruled the FBI can keep its spy mission secret.

No one doubts the value of national security. But dangerous, discriminatory policies — particularly those directed at Muslim Americans since 9/11 — undermine trust between law enforcement and those communities. In the end, we’re all less safe.

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Public Corruption Expert Selected to Head FBI’s Connecticut Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia Ferrick, who served as the FBI’s public corruption chief, was selected Monday to run the bureau’s Connecticut office, the Connecticut Post reports.

Ferrick, who began her career with the New York Police Department, is now in charge of about 100 agents in three offices.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III made the announcement Monday.

Ferrick replaces Kimberly Mertz, who became deputy director of the bureau’s Critical Incident Response Group in Washington.

NYPD Labels Entire Mosques As Terror Groups to Investigate Them and Their Followers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The New York Police Department has identified entire mosques as terrorism organizations, allowing police to record sermons, spy on imams and use surveillance on those who attend prayer service, CBS News reports.

Although the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization, local police have launched at least a dozen so-called “terrorism enterprise investigations” targeting mosques, according to CBS News.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that many innocent New York Muslims were investigated and their names added to a secret police file.

By contrast, the FBI has not opened an enterprise investigation on a New York City mosque, CBS reports.

NYPD Cop Accused of Abusing Federal Database to Snoop on Co-Workers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another New York City cop is accused of abusing a federal database operated by the FBI.

The Associated Press reports that Edwin Vargas looked up names of two fellow officers without their knowledge.

Vargas is just the latest NYPC officer accused of abusing the National Crime Information Center database. Others have used the database to tip off drug dealers and stage robberies.

The NCIC database has a lot of information and helps track down cars, stolen guns, fugitives, sex offenders and others, the AP wrote.

Feds Ready to Endorse Monitor over NYPD If Stop-And-Frisk Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If a judge declares that the New York City’s stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional, the U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly support a federal monitor to oversee reforms to change that practice,  the New York Times reports.

The so-called statement of interest was filed Wednesday in Federal District Court.

“The experience of the United States in enforcing police reform injunctions teaches that the appointment of an independent monitor is a critically important asset,” the department said.

The statement added: “A court-appointed monitor in this case would help the court ensure that, if any pattern or practice is found to exist, it is effectively and sustainably remedied.”

The Times wrote that the court is expected to make a ruling in the coming months.

Trial in Cannibalism Case Against NYPD Cop Begins with Testimony from Potential Targets

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the cannibalism trial of New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle, the big question is: Was the 28-year-old Queens resident serious about chopping up women and eating them?

“I’m dying to taste some girl meat,” Valley told an online friend, according to an FBI agent during the second day of testimony Tuesday, the Associated Press wrote.

In addition to a charge of conspiring to kidnap a woman, Valle also faces jail time for allegedly illegally accessing a government database for potential victims.

To prove their case that Valle was serious about his plan to kidnap a woman and eat her flesh, prosecutors summoned several potential targets to testify.

Auto Mechanic Dismissed Claims That He Helped Cop Accused in Cannibalism Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A New Jersey auto mechanic was not being serious when he allegedly conspired with a New York City police officer to rape and murder a woman in a cannibalism case, his attorney said in hopes of getting his client’s bail reduced, the Associated Press reports.

In fact, attorney Alice Fontier said her client, 22-year-old Michael Vanhise, wanted the FBI involved in the bizarre case.

“He was happy,” attorney Alice Fontier said of her 22-year-old client, Michael Vanhise. “He was ready and willing to cooperate and help the FBI.”

The attorney said Vanhise went to police on at least four occasions about the NYC cop but was told to go away, the AP wrote.

The officer, Gilberto Valle, is accused in a scheme to kidnap, kill and eat women.

NYC Police Officer Charged in Detailed Rape, Cannibalism Plot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The plot was as disturbing as it was precise.

The FBI said they discovered detailed records of at least 100 women’s height, weight, dates of birth and bra sizes at the home of a New York police officer.

Turns out, the list was part of a gruesome plot to kidnap, rape, cook and eat women, the FBI said, the New York Daily News reports.

Officer Gilberto Valle was charged Thursday with kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records, the Associated Press reported.

His defense attorney dismissed the allegations as fantasy.

Valle was busted by his estranged wife, who tipped off authorities of him boasting about this plans online, according to the AP.