CIA reviewing ties with NYPD.

The CIA inspector general is reviewing the spy agency's ties…

The CIA inspector general is reviewing the spy agency’s ties with the New York Police Department after critics questioned whether the relationship amounted to “domestic spying” that infringed civil liberties.

A U.S. Muslim civil liberties organization last month called for a federal investigation into a report the Central Intelligence Agency was helping New York City police gather information from mosques and minority neighborhoods.

A CIA analyst is embedded with the New York Police Department but no one from the agency was “out on the street collecting” intelligence, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

“It’s my personal view that that’s not a good optic to have CIA involved in any city-level police department,” Clapper said, adding the inspector general’s investigation would “look into specifically the propriety of that.”

Source: Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball for Reuters.

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