Former FBI Agent: NYPD’s Muslim-Spying Demographics Unit Was Almost Completely Useless

Former FBI Agent: NYPD’s Muslim-Spying Demographics Unit Was Almost Completely Useless (via Techdirt)

Certain demographics are desirable. 18-34? Taste-makers and early adopters. 35-49? Money. Muslim and New York City resident? Being a member of this group meant (until recently) having First Amendment-protected activities being closely scrutinized by…



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  1. Thank you for this article.

    Note that while this racist unit was disbanded, neither the NYPD nor Mayor Di Blasio have said conclusively whether such tactics will continue to be used.

    Disbanding the unit was only the first step.

    • What Donald Rumsfeld had to say about Doug Feith’s OSI domestic disinformation operation comes to mind..

      NYPD gave us “The Corpse”.

      I suppose Captain Finnegan, the “Silver Fox”, who ran the NYPD’s “Bureau of Special Services” (Red Squad) during the Vietnam War protests is long gone, me having been a teen and his people all middle aged, but THAT anti-war activist stalking Zombie lives on too.

  2. Tumblr’s the other day in re the NSA but it’s totally apropos…an article at The Economist about the backlash against the use of “Big Data:

    ”…the risk of spurious correlations—associations that are statistically robust but happen only by chance—increases with more data. Although there are new statistical techniques to identify and banish spurious correlations, such as running many tests against subsets of the data, this will always be a problem.”

    Why the NSA’s Orwellian Data Suck Should Scare The Crap Out Of Everyone(Hint: It’s Doesn’t Work Reliably)

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