Connect the dots: In ’02, NYPD began training in Israel; 9 years later, spying against NYC Muslims exposed

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In 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported:

Five New York City police investigators are in Israel for a symposium on suicide bombers. The officers are apparently the first members of a U.S. police department to receive training from Israeli counter-terrorism experts.

“Obviously after 9/11 everyone’s world changed,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. “We have to be as prepared as we can be for any eventuality.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has a detective “based in Israel” who reports back to department head Ray Kelly.  The relationship continues.

Fast-forward to the present, where in recent weeks a steady drip of outrageous revelations about the NYPD’s indiscriminate spying on Muslim New Yorkers continues to be published by the Associated Press.

Israeli “counter-terror” tactics rely on a racist dragnet that labels every Palestinian a threat to Israeli security, much in the same way the NYPD’s operation reveal that the department believes every Muslim guilty until proven innocent.

The NYPD, of course, needs no help in learning the tactics of racial profiling when it comes to policing communities of color.  But the close relationship between the NYPD and Israel on counter-terrorism merits a closer look.  Just what insight is the NYPD gathering from Israeli security?

Is the NYPD’s spying operation on Muslim New Yorkers yet another example of, as Scott McConnell put it, “anti-Muslim bigotry” becoming embedded in the U.S. due in part to Israeli-centric ideas about counter-terrorism?

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist and blogger based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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19 Responses

  1. Les
    October 20, 2011, 1:11 pm

    With credit as well to Len Levitt.

    link to huffingtonpost.com

  2. POA
    October 20, 2011, 1:24 pm

    One must seriously ponder the inmplications and ramifications. Are local police departments in less urban locales being tasked to monitor those Americans that may are expressing thoughts and ideals that are critical of, or oppose, Israel and its corrosive meddling in our policies and government????

    I have long suspected YES, such monitoring is occurring nationwide. Why else would we have literally MILLIONS of Americans on “no fly lists”.

    • MRW
      October 20, 2011, 9:18 pm

      POA,

      It’s waaaay more egregious than that. WATCH THIS. Jeff Halper explains it here. At least watch from 8:52 to 27:52.
      link to youtube.com

      Tell this to your rich housing customers, POA. I’m dead-serious. But you will be incapable of not doing that once you listen to this.

      The entire interview is extraordinarily valuable. (Halper is an American anthropologist who lives in Israel.)

  3. American
    October 20, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Related:…..I mentioned this yesterday and I find it very, very disturbing.

    Homeland Security ordering the closing of NY streets because of lawful Occupy Wall Street protest.

    Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK
    Wolf writes: “Another scary outcome I discovered is that,
    when the protesters marched to the first precinct, the whole
    of Erickson Street was cordoned off – ‘frozen’ they were
    told, ‘by Homeland Security’. Obviously if DHS now has
    powers to simply take over a New York City street because of
    an arrest for peaceable conduct by a middle-aged writer in
    an evening gown, we have entered a stage of the closing of
    America, which is a serious departure from our days as a
    free republic in which municipalities are governed by police
    forces.”

    • MRW
      October 20, 2011, 9:19 pm

      we have entered a stage of the closing of America

      No. The Zionization of America. (Listen to the Halper interview linked in my post above.)

  4. annie
    October 20, 2011, 2:21 pm

    thanks for the report alex. this is freaky.

  5. DICKERSON3870
    October 20, 2011, 3:15 pm

    RE: “In ’02, NYPD began training in Israel…” ~ By Alex Kane

    ALSO SEE: Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief, By Adina Solomon, onlineathens.com, 07/18/11

    This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
    “It was an awesome trip,” he said. “A trip of a lifetime.”
    GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
    Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.
    The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day…
    …After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
    “Hopefully it’ll never happen, but in this world, ‘never’ isn’t a word,” Wirthman said. “We’re not invincible here.”
    He’s also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
    Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
    “I don’t know if I could raise my family under those conditions,” said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.
    And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”

    ENTIRE PROPAGANDA ARTICLE – link to onlineathens.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      October 24, 2011, 5:29 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: Sheriff Ortiz goes to Israel, by Eva Ruth Moravec, mysanantonio.com, 07/07/11

      (excerpts)…For one week last month, Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz swapped his cowboy hat for a yarmulke as he visited Israel on an organized trip with other law enforcement leaders.
      “I’ve always had an interest in Israel,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “It was a great conference.”
      Ortiz joined 16 other sheriffs, police chiefs and organization heads, including Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, on a week-long trip, courtesy of the Jewish Institute for National Security’s Law Enforcement Exchange Program….
      …Ortiz said he was impressed by Israel Defense Force soldiers, who he said are trained as soldiers and as police officers.
      “If we ever deploy troops along the Texas border, they should have training in being a soldier and in law enforcement,” he said…
      …The junket was Ortiz’s second organized trip to Israel: last year, Bexar County footed the bill to send him to an international conference on homeland security, he said…

      SOURCE – link to blog.mysanantonio.com

  6. Justice Please
    October 20, 2011, 3:42 pm

    With this Israel-inspired, more or less racist approach to terrorism prevention and the current unconstitutional assaults on OccupyWallStreet, the NYPD is a serious contender for a place in the Hall of Fame for fascist goon squads.

  7. mig
    October 20, 2011, 4:03 pm

    “Five New York City police investigators are in Israel for a symposium on suicide bombers.”

    ++++ And here comes more education to NYC police, without need of travel.

    Duke university study about suicide bombers

    link to youtube.com

    link to youtube.com

    link to youtube.com

  8. mig
    October 20, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I forgot to put their homepage :

    link to cpost.uchicago.edu

  9. Avi_G.
    October 20, 2011, 5:30 pm

    I can’t wait for metal detectors to be installed in every shopping mall and store, parking garages to have security to check each and every entering car’s trunk and driver’s ID, roadblocks along routes leading to “Arab neighborhoods”, wiretapping and illegal interception of data and e-mail, inspection of ‘suspicious’ passengers at every train station, bomb techs checking every garbage can along city streets on a regular basis……

    This is Israel’s idea of ‘security’ and it’s been imported to America by bureaucrats looking to further their careers and implement their racist ideals.

    Foreign policy — and in Israel’s case its decades-long military occupation of another people — has nothing to do with it all. They hate us for our freedoms, you see?

    It’s the same pig-headed solutions we have all seen implemented at various high schools across the US.

    Whenever there is a shooting, the immediate solution is to install metal detectors, cameras and hire some security. Rarely do any of the decision makers pause to think that perhaps there is something wrong with society or their own policies.

    After Columbine, it turned out the two shooters were routinely bullied and alienated. A smart school administrator would have implemented a program that promoted respect and cooperation among students, a program that opened the channels of communications for distraught students seeking to deal with their social or domestic problems.

    But no, the knee-jerk reaction was to turn that school, among others, into the equivalent of a minimum security prison and enforce stricter discipline.

    Incidentally, I see parallels between the school culture that promotes Jocks and marginalizes others and American exceptionalism within the context of foreign policy.

  10. Charon
    October 20, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Israel trained NYPD, ADL trains police all over the country, Israel trained TSA and other ‘security’ agencies, Israel trained the soldiers staffed at gitmoo and other detention facilities (teaching them such torture techniques as “Palestinian hanging”)… We have also recently adopted the immoral Israel covert assassination policy.

    This is a problem

    The Ziosbarists would ignorantly say “what does the ADL have to do with Israel?” and of course something like “Israel is an expert in security and combating Islamic terror” which the uninformed American public would buy but most here know better. I think it was the Pennsylvania government that purchased a subscription to a ‘terror alert’ service run by an Israeli-based company. They cancelled the service after receiving alerts ‘warning’ them about gay pride event and student protests. The Israeli company excuse was that they attract terrorists. These people are nuts. This is insanity, I am embarrassed to be an American and put up with this nonsense.

  11. Chu
    October 20, 2011, 8:31 pm

    “Obviously after 9/11 everyone’s world changed,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

    I am glad we never hear ‘it’s a post 9-11 world’
    any longer. That phase was so abused by the punditry and political shills way too long.

  12. Chaos4700
    October 20, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I guess it makes sense. The NYPD had been falling off when it came to police brutality. Where is a better place to learn brutality than Israel?

    • MRW
      October 20, 2011, 11:27 pm

      We went war in Iraq for Israel, which has destroyed our foreign policy.

      And now this “shitty little country” is ruining our domestic policy. Or has ruined our domestic policy. And the country, from within.

      • realistic
        September 6, 2012, 7:35 am

        you went to Iraq for oil
        don’t pretend to be American

  13. Igor
    October 24, 2011, 12:00 pm

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