NEW YORK (AP) - The CIA has dispatched a senior operative to work undercover inside the New York Police Department's Intelligence Division.
The peculiar move is the latest in a CIA-NYPD relationship that at times has blurred the lines between foreign and domestic spying.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks, the NYPD has become one of the country's most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. An investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government.
The department has dispatched teams of undercover officers into minority neighborhoods and used informants to monitor sermons at mosques, even when there's no evidence of wrongdoing.
NYPD says it operates lawfully and doesn't apologize for aggressively protecting the city.