Infiltration and Entrapment

October 4, 2019
child looks through border wall

Leaked FBI Memo Conjures Threat of Armed Conflict From Anarchist Groups Fighting for Immigrant Rights

The FBI is monitoring groups protesting U.S. border and immigration policies and considers them violent threats despite providing little evidence to support that claim.
August 17, 2018

Stop Spying

We’re working to stop spying by pushing for policy fixes at the national and local that put serious limits on government invasions of privacy.   From undercover cops infiltrating activists groups on the local level to the NSA’s mass surveillance
August 24, 2017
uncle sam manipulates two marrionettes into becoming terrorists

FBI Paid Informant + Mentally Ill Man = Another Fake Terror Plot

How low will an FBI paid informant go? How about preying on a young man with such severe paranoid schizophrenia that he has been declared legally ‘incompetent’ by enticing him into a terrorist plot created by the FBI? We’ve actually
April 22, 2017
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Confidential Informants: Risking Their Lives for a few Years

Confidential informants are the unseen foot soldiers in the government’s war on drugs. By some estimates, up to eighty per cent of all drug cases in the country involve them.
April 19, 2017
protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

In Spite of Local Law Limiting Investigations of First Amendment Assemblies, DC Police Infiltrated Organizing Group for Inauguration Protests

Before the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had arrested a single protester at Trump’s inauguration, undercover agents had infiltrated one of the main groups organizing protests according to court documents.
December 15, 2016
US Constitution

On Bill of Rights Day 2017: Fulfill the Promise

Editor’s Note: Last year on Bill of Rights Day we shared this piece by our Policy & Legislative Counsel Chip Gibbons on what the Bill of Rights was, and what it meant to fulfil the promise of the Bill of
September 20, 2016
six people with boxes of petitions to deliver

88,000 Americans Demand Congress Investigate FBI Political Spying

In response to revelations that the FBI and DHS have been spying on Black Lives Matter, Occupy, anti-pipeline activists and peace and solidarity activists, individuals and 131 civil society organizations asked the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to find out the true extent of improper spying.
August 26, 2016
NYPD Officer

NYPD Broke the Rules Over and Over Again, Investigation Finds

The Inspector General found that the NYPD broke the rules on surveillance of political activity, doing it for too long without a reason. Also, 95% of those spied on were "individuals associated with Islam."
August 23, 2016
police line up outside army base where protesters are

New Defense Department Policy Bans Same Spying Practices Army Used on U.S. Antiwar Activists for Years

New rules for Army Intelligence agents prohibit surveillance "for the purpose of collecting information on the domestic activities of U.S. persons" or "anonymous spying on email listservs."
August 17, 2016
Protesters at the superdome

Did federal agents spy on offshore oil lease protesters in New Orleans?

Back in March, hundreds of protesters descended on the Superdome in New Orleans to disrupt a federal auction for new Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases. Now an advocacy group wants to know if federal officials worked with local law enforcement and oil and gas industry insiders to spy on environmentalists involved in that and other protests held as part of the campaign.
July 28, 2016
picture of Maina Kiai

UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

"In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most."
July 25, 2016
Law enforcement officers lined up in riot gear during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Did Philly Police Just Admit They Are Spying On Protesters?

"In spite of this brotherly love, Standford made one comment that should jump out to anyone concerned about free speech. According to the article, Standford conceded that the police were “already monitoring some of the groups who have received demonstration permits.”
July 19, 2016

Battling Convention: Inside the police’s playbook for repressing protests at national conventions.

In 1968, outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, police violently cleared the streets of antiwar protesters, smashing heads and clubbing with abandon. Inside, even some Democratic Party officials blanched at the level of brutality. Abraham Ribicoff, a senator from Connecticut, denounced the police’s “Gestapo tactics” from the podium of the convention hall, earning the ire of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and the applause of many delegates.
July 4, 2016
Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, makes a campaign stop on Sept 21, 2008 in Charlotte, NC

National Coalition Launches Clemency Campaigns

Support the clemency campaigns for seven men in prison as a result of unethical sting operations (entrapment) that targeted them because they are Muslim. Read their heartbreaking stories and sign the petitions asking President Obama to grant them clemency.
July 4, 2016
Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, makes a campaign stop on Sept 21, 2008 in Charlotte, NC

National Coalition Launches Clemency Campaigns

Support the clemency campaigns for seven men in prison as a result of unethical sting operations (entrapment) that targeted them because they are Muslim. Read their heartbreaking stories and sign the petitions asking President Obama to grant them clemency.
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