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What Makes for Effective Counterterrorism?

This is the third and final part in a series on violent Islamist extremism in the United States. In 2003, the New York City Police Department created a secret surveillance unit that sent plainclothed officers into Muslim businesses, student associations, charities and mosques to spy on the Islamic community. Fostered by a Central Intelligence Agency officer on detail to the NYPD, the “Demographics Unit” was to identify possible locations where a terrorist could melt into neighborhoods...

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