NYPD Opens Up New Bureau--in Israel

Mayor Bloomberg's "personal army" heads to the Middle East. What could go wrong?

According to the Middle East English-language newspaper Al Monitor, the NYPD has opened up a new bureau--in Israel. The NYPD Israeli office is operating not out of the U.S. embassy, but out of its own station. It even has an NYPD sign over the door and another inside reading, "New York Police Department, the best police department in the world."

According to Al Monitor, the decision to open an office in Israel was so that the NYPD and the Israeli police could learn from each other.

"Behind the opening of the branch in the Holy Land is the NYPD decision that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact,"the article stated.

It is unclear what type of jurisdiction the NYPD would have in Israel, or whether New York City taxpayers are funding the NYPD's foray into Middle Eastern "peace keeping." But the idea of the NYPD and the Israeli police simply swapping tricks is scary enough.

As New York magazine points out, this is far from the first time that the NYPD has flown its officers outside of the five boroughs.

"There are now New York City police officers stationed in London working with New Scotland Yard; in Lyons at the headquarters of Interpol; and in Hamburg, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. There are also two cops on assignment at FBI headquarters in Washington, and New York detectives have traveled to Afghanistan, Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, and the military's prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba to conduct interrogations. Members of the department's command staff have also attended sessions at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island," writes New York mag.

Looks like the trigger-happy NYPD is jet setting all over the world, exporting its particularly oppressive strategy of law and order. Among other offenses--such as killing unarmed African American children, stopping and frisking 700,000 (mostly black and brown) people a year and illegally surveilling thousands of Muslim Americans--the NYPD has recently come under fire for boasting in internal emails about how all the kick-ass, law-breaking, rogue work its recently been up to.

"I keep telling you, you and I are going to laugh and raise a beer one day, when everything Intel (NYPD's Intelligence Division) has been involved in during the last 10 years comes out - it always eventually comes out. They are going to make [former FBI Director J. Edgar] Hoover, COINTEL, Red Squads, etc look like rank amatures [sic] compared to some of the damn right felonious activity, and violations of US citizen's rights they have been engaged in,"one leaked email read.

Oh, and did you know the NYPD also has a Hucules team (its equivalent of the Special Forces) that rides around the city in black Suburbans, sheathed in armor-plated vests and carrying 9-mm. submachine guns—sometimes with air or sea support? Yeah, they do that, too.


AlterNet / By Laura Gottesdiener

Posted at September 6, 2012, 2:01pm

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