“Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,” reports the Associated Press, “the Bush and Obama administrations have provided $135 million to the New York and New Jersey region through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, known as HIDTA. It’s unclear exactly how much was spent on surveillance of Muslims because the HIDTA program has little oversight.”
The AP has been exposing policies of the NYPD that systematically target various Muslim communities to secretly surveil groups of people based on their ethnicity and religion. The reporters recently won awards for their work documenting, for example, “how the NYPD assigned ‘rakers’ and ‘mosque crawlers’ to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating everything from booksellers and cafes to Muslim places of worship.” The NYPD also spied on Muslim students and their campus organizations, despite having no evidence that any crime had been committed, other than being Muslim of course.
The fact that the money used to do this kind of surveillance on Americans was actually meant for drug war activities is yet another indication that this is the national security state run-amok. Vast sums of taxpayer money is used not only to violently enforce regressive and unnecessary drug laws, but also to fund tyrannical law enforcement powers that violate the basic constitutional rights of American citizens.I think the author's conclusion that "drug war" money being used for domestic spying is the 'security state run amok' but, rather, further proof that the "war on terror" and the "drug war" are seen as one in the same in DC. A dangerous, liberty killing linking.