A recent incident involving the New York Police Department, purportedly involving a CIA officer, prompted Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey to request that the Department of Justice investigate whether U.S. law enforcement agencies have violated laws prohibiting domestic surveillance activities.

The letter, dated Sept. 13, 2011, brought new attention to activities by the New York Police Department that federal officials claim have made it a de facto federal agency but without the federal oversite.

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