In the last decade Kelly has built what he called the NYPD’s “own counter-terrorism division,” an effort which employs 1,000 officers and cost $3 billion.
According to Kelly, 13 plots to attack New York City have been deterred since September 11, 2001, none of which were prevented by Kelly’s program.
Colorlines.com reports that rather than preventing these plots, a part of the program led by police informants may have even led to their creation.
These informants first identify young, poor, and in some cases mentally “unstable” Muslims, and encourage them to plot to attack New York City. As reported by the New York Times, some of the cases that Kelly has identified as having been “deterred” would not have existed without encouragement from police informers.