Homeland Security News Wire has two MUST READ columns in recent days that examine the relationship between agencies whose job it is to protect NYers, and by extension, all of us, from harm..
FBI questions its relationship with the NYPD, pt. 126 March 2012
The split between the the FBI and the NYPD continues to grow, as the NYPD Intelligence Division takes on a far-reaching and aggressive role in intelligence gathering
After the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and details emerged about the bits and pieces to the puzzle that were held by the different intelligence organizations within the U.S. government, calls for information sharing began to grow.
Culminating in the report of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, intelligence agencies at the federal, state, and local levels began to develop liaison programs to share information.
The most recent development in this move toward cooperation has been the establishment of Fusion Centers, fully equipped information centers, staffed by intelligence officials from the federal, state, and local levels.
The function of these Fusion Centers has been to house all these intelligence officials under one roof, indeed, in one large, fully equipped hall, in close proximity to each other to facilitate rapid transfer of information, spotting of developing trends and coordination of approach to the potential threat....
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FBI questions its relationship with NYPD, pt. 2
27 March 2012
In the first part of this article, we reported that the FBI’s relationship with the NYPD Intelligence Division has become strained, and as a result information exchange has been impaired as the FBI and other jurisdictions have objected to some of the actions NYPD has taken; today, we report on the NYPD’s view
Jose Pimental with attorney Joseph Zablocki at his arraignment // Source: kurdsat.tv
The New York Police Department is generally considered to be the premier police department in the United States, if not the world.
The NYPD dwarfs most other U.S. police department in sheer numbers, divisions of specialization, and language capabilities, along with a strong team of officers working overseas, an ability that many in the intelligence community have criticized.
These criticisms have not been limited to one intelligence official. In the first part of this article we pointed out a quote in an AP report of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who said: “They think their jurisdiction is the world. Their jurisdiction is New York City…. My concern is this kind of obsession that the NYPD seems to have that they’re the masters of the universe.”...
'Masters of the universe'??? Since the threats we all face today ARE universal I, for one, am more than okay with the NYPD - or any other agency - watching those whose stated goal is to kill us all. That's just me. Read the rest of this one here.
Pay attention, America.