NYPD and FBI Tussle Over War on Terror

Frustrated NY cops use 1,000 officers to thwart attacks
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 4:20 PM CDT
NYPD and FBI Tussle Over War on Terror
A member of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit uses a radiation detection device to check a truck at a security checkpoint on Broadway and Canal St. in lower Manhattan, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Irked by the FBI, New York police have quietly turned their anti-terror mission into a global operation, the Washington Post reports. They have nabbed suspected terrorists and won convictions, but Big Apple cops still fume over the FBI's refusal to share data. “Controlling information is power, and they don't want to let it go,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

In March 2003, the FBI blocked New York police from questioning an al-Qaeda-linked man in a CIA prison. The FBI also didn’t tell them of an alleged plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. But tensions may be fading: The cops' counterterrorism program recently got $100 million in federal funding, and the FBI has agreed to certify an NYPD intelligence facility. (More New York City Police Department stories.)

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