Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups.

Image: AP Photo; This image shows the front of an…

Image: AP Photo; This image shows the front of an April 25, 2008 Deputy Commissioner’s briefing from the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division. The document provides the latest example of how, in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies.

Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities.

The infiltration echoes the tactics the NYPD used in the run-up to New York’s 2004 Republican National Convention, when police monitored church groups, anti-war organizations and environmental advocates nationwide. That effort was revealed by The New York Times in 2007 and in an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit over how the NYPD treated convention protesters.

Source: Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo for the Associated Press.

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