Extra Extra : Undercover

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

After 9/11, the New York Police Department built in effect its own CIA  and its Demographics Unit delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA. The appointments of David Cohen, a former senior CIA officer, and Larry Sanchez, a CIA analyst, represented a major shift in mind-set at the NYPD. Cohen and Sanchez’s guiding idea was that if the NYPD had its own eyes and ears in the ethnic communities of the five boroughs, maybe things could be different. To catch the few, the NYPD would spy on the many.

Atlanta car dealerships caught charging illegal fees

In an undercover investigation Fox 5 Atlanta found that many used car dealerships in the Atlanta area were breaking the law by charging extra fees when closing a sale. State law prohibits car dealerships in Georgia from charging more than the advertised price, aside from taxes, tag and title, yet some used car dealerships around the city were caught charging close to $600 more.

ATF storefront sting led to thousands of dollars stolen and a machine gun on the streets

In an attempt to bust criminal operations in Milwaukee by purchasing drugs and guns from felons the ATF set up a storefront sting.

However, "the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF military-style machine gun landing on the streets of Milwaukee and the agency having $35,000 in merchandise stolen from its store, a Journal Sentinel investigation has found."