After an AP report on NYPD mosque surveillance, Liu promises an audit

Liu. (Daniel Acker via Bloomberg.com)
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After the Associated Press report this morning about the NYPD designating some mosques as terrorist organizations in order to record sermons there and conduct surveillance of their members, City Comptroller John Liu is announcing he will conduct an audit of the department.

If it focuses on the NYPD's intelligence unit, it will be a first.

Back in 2011, in the first of what turned out to be a series of stories which earned them a Pulitzer Prize, AP reporter Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman reported that the New York City's comptroller office audited the NYPD, but not its "intelligence unit, which had a $62 million budget last year."

They also wrote, "Neither the city council, which finances the department, nor the federal government, which contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year, is told exactly what's going on."

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Since 2011, some more details have emerged. 

UPDATE: In a statement, Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer said, "As Comptroller, I will audit the NYPD's Intelligence Division and work with the NYPD Inspector General to coordinate oversight of the Department and follow the path of every dollar to ensure that our taxpayer money is being spent wisely, on programs that both protect our City from harm while respecting our fundamental liberties."