NYPD Muslim Spying Program Produced No Leads

The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the New York Police Department has been monitoring the communications and activities of Muslim groups in New York and the surrounding area. While the program has received significant criticism since, including from FBI agents and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R), the AP reports today that the program “never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.” After the AP’s initial report, the NYPD said the program was critical to counter-terror operations. However, Assistant Chief Thomas Galati conceded in court testimony that it produced no leads. “I never made a lead from rhetoric that came from a Demographics report, and I’m here since 2006,” he said. “I don’t recall other ones prior to my arrival. Again, that’s always a possibility. I am not aware of any.”