NYPD Overseas Program A "Complete Waste of Money"
From an unlikely source (at least for New York stories), the Washington Post, comes a fascinating article about the NYPD's Intelligence Division, and its privately funded program of placing detectives around the world to protect the city from terrorism.
And the verdict? It's a "complete waste of money," Thomas Fuentes, former head of the FBI's Office of International Operations, tells Post writer Jeff Stein.
"They're not a member of the country team, they don't have the top secret clearances and equipment to receive or send classified information. The countries they're in, they're there on tourist passports. They live in hotels or apartments." Their out-of-channels status makes them virtually useless to other intelligence or police agencies, both U.S. and foreign, Fuentes argues, according to Stein.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.
- Uncut: A Look at the Wacky, Wrinkly World of Foreskin Restoration
Fri., Oct. 9, 7:00pm
Fri., Oct. 9, 7:30pm
Sat., Oct. 10, 7:00pm
Sat., Oct. 10, 8:00pm
- A New Video Game Lets You Experience Life as Pizza Rat
- Groups Stage All-Female Hackathons to Encourage Women to Enter Tech Fields