by Christopher Robbins

“A former NYPD informant tells the Associated Press that he was paid as much as $1,000 a month to ‘bait’ his Muslim friends and associates into making incriminating statements and indiscriminately spy on their activities, a tactic the department has repeatedly denied that it engages in.  ‘We need you to pretend to be one of them,’ the informant says his police contact, ‘Steve,’ told him.  ‘It’s street theater.'”