Fighting Terror Causes Fighting Agencies

The New York Police Department is gunning for a wider authority to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects, while the Justice Department is pushing for more limited use of police surveillance. The two agencies have butted heads on the issue and are now locked in a bitter debate, each claiming that the other is responsible for increasing public risk.

While the NYPD already operates the biggest municipal counterterrorism operation in the United States; however, the department wants the Justice Department and FBI to relax enforcement of the federal law that governs electronic surveillance so that they may have more leverage to go after terrorism suspects.

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