hearing inside mosques and which academic conferences Muslim scholarsattended.When police wanted to pay a confidential informant, they were told tosign onto the HIDTA website to file the paperwork, according to a 2007internal document obtained by the AP.Parker said the White House grant money was never used to pay any of theNYPD intelligence division's confidential informants. The HIDTA computersystems, he said, are platforms that allow different law enforcementagencies to share information and work."I am shocked to hear that federal dollars may have helped finance theNYPD's misguided efforts to spy on Muslims in America," said Rep. JudyChu, D-Calif., one of 34 members of Congress who have asked the JusticeDepartment and House Judiciary Committee to investigate the NYPD.The connection between NYPD and the White House anti-drug grant programsurfaced years ago, during a long-running civil rights lawsuit againstpolice. Civil rights attorneys asked in court about a "demonstrationdebriefing form" that police used whenever they arrested people forcivil disobedience. The form carried the seal of both the NYPDIntelligence Division and HIDTA.A city lawyer downplayed any connection. She said the NYPD and HIDTA notonly shared office space, they also shared office supplies like paper.The NYPD form with the seal of a White House anti-drug program was "arecycled piece of paper that got picked up and modified," attorney GailDonoghue told a federal judge in 2003.The issue died in court and was never pursued further.Last week, the controversy over NYPD's programs drew one former Obamaadministration official into the discussion.After the AP revealed an extensive program to monitor Muslims in Newark,N.J., police there denied knowing anything about it. The Newark policedirector at the time, Garry McCarthy, has since moved on to leadChicago's police department where President Barack Obama's first chiefof staff, Rahm Emanuel, is now the mayor."We don't do that in Chicago and we're not going to do that," Emanuelsaid last week.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the NYPD surveillance in his statewas "disturbing" and has asked the attorney general to investigate.Christie was New Jersey's top federal prosecutor and sat on the HIDTAexecutive board during 2006 and 2007 when the NYPD was conductingsurveillance in New Jersey cities. Christie said he didn't know that, in2007, the NYPD catalogued every mosque and Muslim business in Newark,the state's largest city.