Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Fresh Air": 40 Minutes on "Securing the City"

Christopher Dickey: Intelligence The NYPD Way

Christopher Dickey

Christopher Dickey is a journalist and the author of The Sleeper, a novel about a former terrorist living in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Fresh Air from WHYY, February 11, 2009 · According to journalist Christopher Dickey, one of the world's best intelligence-gathering operations is based not in Langley, or in London, but in Manhattan: the New York City Police Department.

Dickey's new book Securing the City explores New York City's creation of an elite counter-terrorism force. Dickey describes the practices and people that are leading the NYPD's fight against terrorism.

David Cohen, a former top CIA official, has been hired to lead the intelligence operation; the force uses state-of-the-art equipment, from high-tech helicopters to radiation-sensing devices, and sends officers overseas to gather information on terrorists.

Dickey is Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek magazine.

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