06/17/2013

NJ wants notice of outside agencies' surveillance

The NYPD has said its operations are lawful and necessary to keep the city safe, but New Jersey lawmakers are not so sure

By Lawrense Messina
Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers are trying to require law enforcement agencies from elsewhere to tell local authorities before conducting counterterrorism surveillance in the state.

The proposal comes after a series of articles by The Associated Press revealed that New York City's police department operated secretly in New Jersey neighborhoods where Muslims lived and worked. Officers spied on Muslim organizations, infiltrated Muslim student groups and videotaped mosque-goers.

The NYPD has said its operations are lawful and necessary to keep the city safe. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the NYPD can gather intelligence anywhere in the country it wants and is not required to tell local authorities.

A New Jersey Senate committee voted Monday to send the bill to the full Senate. The Assembly has already passed it.

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