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Terror Case May Offer Clues Into Police Use of Informants

The trial of a Pakistani immigrant on charges that he plotted to bomb the Herald Square subway station in 2004 is likely to provide the most detailed picture to date of how the New York Police Department uses informants in and around the city’s mosques. The trial of the man, Shahawar Matin Siraj, which begins today, is the first involving the department’s Intelligence Division since a judge granted the police expanded surveillance powers in 2003. It also marks the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks that a terrorism investigation was largely conducted by the Intelligence Division and prosecuted in federal court. Full Story

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