Source: In Enemies Within, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD’s indiscriminate and probably illegal spying program, reference is briefly made to a “real yellow cab, complete with an authentic taxi medallion registered under a fake name” used by the department’s intelligence division to conduct surveillance operations.
According to Apuzzo, the cab—medallion number 6Y11—is outfitted with state-of-the-art surveillance gear, and is routinely parked outside of New York mosques in an effort to keep tabs on New York’s Muslims—all of whom, in the NYPD’s estimation, are potential threats to the public order.
Cool story dudes. What else is new? That’s what cops are supposed to do; spy on potential threats. And I kinda feel like we’re all basically under surveillance anyway. I’m probably even being spied on right now. Lemon lime gatorade bottle? Bugged. I’m not into conspiracies or anything of that nature, but It’s fucking 2013. If the NYPD doesn’t have yellow cabs equipped with surveillance gear, parked outside mosques, then somebody needs to be fired yesterday. Turn in your guns and badges, and go investigate a scaffolding permit violation. We want Danson and Highsmith on the case.