Local FBI Pissed at NYPD Over Muslim Spying

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

The NYPD's surveillance of Muslims across the tri-state area has a new, unlikely critic in the head of the Newark FBI, who says it's making his job harder. This particular complaint has nothing to do with civil liberties:

“What we’re seeing now with the uproar that is occurring in New Jersey is that we’re starting to see cooperation pulled back. People are concerned that they’re being followed. People are concerned that they can’t trust law enforcement,” said FBI Newark Special Agent in Charge Michael Ward.

Ward said the NYPD’s spying on mosques and Muslim businesses in the Garden State has caused sources to dry up and made the job of gathering counter terrorism intelligence much more difficult, reports CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer.

“It’s starting to have a negative impact. When people pull back cooperation it creates additional risks. It creates blind spots. It hinders our ability to have our finger on the pulse of what’s going on around the state,” Ward said.

It's extremely rare for law enforcement to gripe in public about their colleagues, but FBI director Robert Mueller was forced to apologize to Ray Kelly and friends late last year after FBI agents anonymously mocked a terror arrest. Mueller said that working together with other agencies has been "a long-term problem with the FBI," but that they're making "significant strides." The NYPD, specifically, might be threatening in its own special way, having been compared by our mayor to an "army," massive in both manpower and reputation.

This time, Mueller said that the NYPD is doing a "remarkable job in protecting New York." And if you boys can't all get along, I'm turning this car around and no one is getting ice cream!