29/08/2013 09:43 BST | Updated 29/08/2013 09:55 BST

NYPD's Technical Operations Unit Logo Is A Dustbin With Eyes (PICTURE)

It could be an illustration for a comic book spy, or an approximation of Oscar the Grouch, but this frankly bizarre image is actually the logo for an NYPD surveillance division.

Yes, a dustbin with binoculars, a camera and a pair of eyes peering out from the under the lid, is the emblem for the force's Technical Operations Unit.

The image was revealed via an Associated Press report examining the force’s surveillance of Muslims in New York.

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The image was revealed via a report into the force's surveillance of Muslims in New York

Entire mosques were labelled terrorist organisations in order to make it easier for the NYPD to investigate their members by using informants and spying on imams, often without specific evidence of wrongdoing, it is claimed.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly did not deny the report outright when he appeared on MSNBC, but defended the tactics of his counter-terrorism unit.

H/t to Capital NY for pointing out this splendidly absurd image.