Wall Street Journal - U.S., NYPD Clash on Wiretap Requests

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By:  Pete King
Date: Nov. 20, 2008
Location: Washington, DC


Wall Street Journal - U.S., NYPD Clash on Wiretap Requests

A long-running rivalry between New York City police and Justice Department officials over how to keep the nation's largest city safe from terrorist attack has devolved into a feud over the use of national security surveillance wiretaps, with both sides accusing each other of endangering national security.

A letter from New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to Attorney General Michael Mukasey expresses frustration at what he describes as the Justice Department's slow and cautious handling of national security wiretapping requests in terrorism cases and says the delays could put the city in danger.

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The dispute has gotten the attention of members of Congress from New York. Rep. Peter King, a Republican, said "the Justice Department is being too cautious here and is putting New York at risk."

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