One cannot help but wonder whether a CIA mentality helped shape the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program. A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the Associated Press has shown that police officers monitored every aspect of the lives of Muslim New Yorkers [since 9/11]. They secretly mapped out Muslim communities, noting the details of bookstores, barbershops and cafes. Informants in mosques reported on religious beliefs and political views that had nothing to do with terrorism. Muslim student groups across the Northeast were watched.
I have no idea to what degree this is still happening (I suspect it is) or to what degree it is a problem. I think we have a more generalized problem with a) our spy agencies, who are spying on Americans, probably illegally, and b) police agencies in general, which have become more aggressive and control-oriented at expense of inspiring trust of the citizenry. The incredibly zealous use of SWAT teams for petty crimes is one example that I’ve discussed in the past.