(NEW YORK, NY, 8/24/11) — Later today, the New York and New Jersey chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY/CAIR-NJ) will hold a news conference in Manhattan to call on the Department of Justice to open an investigation into allegations that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is conducting a massive covert program to monitor the Muslim communities in those states.

Exposed this morning in a major media report, the NYPD spy program is allegedly being conducted with the assistance of individuals linked to the CIA.

Following a months-long investigation, The Associated Press (AP) revealed that the NYPD is using covert surveillance techniques “that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government” and “does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying.”