Despite the guarantee of the Fourth Amendment, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies have made a habit of spying on the citizenry. But in the 21st century, the internet and the ability of computers to store and process vast amounts of data has allowed the government to collect vast amounts of data about each of us.
Government surveillance goes well beyond the NSA/FBI mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s automatic license plate readers have been recording our travel for decades; the FBI’s domain awareness program records where we travel, record has been recording license plates for decades, Fusion Centers and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (run by DHS and the FBI respectively) gather information.
DRAD and allies delivered thousands of signatures to Speaker Pelosi warning against providing funds for more surveillance technology at the border.
Open letter signed by groups from across the political spectrum opposes Democrat’s proposal for increased surveillance tech at the border.
Police zeal to embrace military-grade hardware is unprecedented, and the deployment of surveillance technology on the public often occurs with little public debate or warning.
The bill, known as the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (HR6729) has two very big problems.
State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared “threat assessment” of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors
The state’s surveillance and counter-terrorism unit, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), warned law enforcement officials that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could attract “violent extremists” who are opposed to the natural gas project in North Carolina, a document obtained by Policy Watch shows.