Ray Kelly: NYPD proud of work with CIA
The NYPD and CIA violated no regulations or presidential orders when spy agency personnel worked with police in the years after 9/11, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday.
"We have done nothing wrong and no one else has done anything wrong," said Kelly, as he summarized the results of a CIA inspector general report on the NYPD-CIA relationship.
The report was completed in December 2011 after Associated Press stories about the relationship between the agencies in connection with surveillance of the Muslim community in the metropolitan area.
Kelly's comments followed a report in The New York Times Thursday that said the CIA inspector general had concerns about the relationship and the potential for bad publicity.
"No regulations were violated, so we are proud and grateful for the CIA's support and help," Kelly told reporters during an event in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
The report was initially classified secret but an executive summary was released in connection with a federal freedom of information lawsuit. A copy of the summary was posted on the website of the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center.
David B. Buckley, the inspector general, acknowledged in the summary that the CIA's "longstanding relationship with the NYPD [intelligence division] was unique."
He said that because of the close relationship there was the risk that "a perception that the agency exceeded its authorities diminishes the trust placed in the organization."
He also said the CIA's work with the police put it "more prominently in the middle of a contentious relationship between the FBI and NYPD regarding NYPD's efforts to combat terrorism."
Buckley did say there were some issues about "irregular personnel practices, the lack of formal documentation in some important instances" when some CIA staff began working with the NYPD.
"It should come as no surprise that, after 9/11, the CIA stepped up its cooperation with law enforcement on counterterrorism issues or that some of that increased cooperation was in New York," CIA spokesman Edward Price said Thursday. "The Agency's operational focus, however, is overseas, and none of the support we have provided to NYPD can rightly be characterized as 'domestic spying' by the CIA. Any suggestion along those lines is simply wrong."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he had no problems with the CIA's relationship with the NYPD. "If the CIA's job is not to help us prepare for attacks from overseas, I have no idea what the CIA is there for," he said.
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