In this photo released by the New York City Police Department, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, center, briefs other NYPD officials and John O. Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, center right, on events surrounding the alleged plot to bomb NYC commuter trains on Sept. 11, at Police Headquarters in New York, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Seated at the table from left are Katherine Lemire, special council to the police commissioner; Deputy Inspector John Nicholson of the Joint Terrorism Task Force; Commanding Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, Assistant Chief James Waters; Deputy Commissioner of the Counterterrorism Bureau, Richard Falkenrath; John O. Brennan; Raymond Kelly; Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence, David Cohen; Commander of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Deputy Chief James Shea; Lt. Joseph Falco of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, who commands the Intelligence Division. In more than six years spying on Muslim neighborhoods, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation. That’s according to court testimony unsealed Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The Demographics Unit is at the heart of a police spying effort built with help from the CIA. The unit created databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. As part of a longstanding federal civil rights case, Galati offered the first official look at the unit. Galati testified as part of a lawsuit over police spying on students, civil rights groups and suspected Communist sympathizers during the 1950s and 1960s. (AP Photo/NYPD)
In this photo released by the New York City Police Department, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, center, briefs other NYPD officials and John O. Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, center right, on events surrounding the alleged plot to bomb NYC commuter trains on Sept. 11, at Police Headquarters in New York, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Seated at the table from left are Katherine Lemire, special council to the police commissioner; Deputy Inspector John Nicholson of the Joint Terrorism Task Force; Commanding Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, Assistant Chief James Waters; Deputy Commissioner of the Counterterrorism Bureau, Richard Falkenrath; John O. Brennan; Raymond Kelly; Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence, David Cohen; Commander of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Deputy Chief James Shea; Lt. Joseph Falco of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, who commands the Intelligence Division. In more than six years spying on Muslim neighborhoods, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation. That’s according to court testimony unsealed Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. The Demographics Unit is at the heart of a police spying effort built with help from the CIA. The unit created databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. As part of a longstanding federal civil rights case, Galati offered the first official look at the unit. Galati testified as part of a lawsuit over police spying on students, civil rights groups and suspected Communist sympathizers during the 1950s and 1960s. (AP Photo/NYPD)
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published Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
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In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.

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