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America Land of the Free Surveillance

Political spying is nearly as bad now as it was during the Cold War. The ACLU reports that Americans are harrassed and under surveillance for exercising their First Amendment rights.

One ACLU report, Policing Free Speech: Police Surveillance and Obstruction of First Amendment-Protected Activity (.pdf), reveals that, in recent years, Americans have been put under surveillance or harassed by law enforcement agencies in 33 states plus the District of Columbia. What horrific acts did these Americans commit? Organizing, marching, protesting, supporting unusual viewpoints, and engaging in “normal, innocuous behaviors such as writing notes or taking photographs in public.

There are many such surveillance reports on a national level as well. An example is when a DHS contractor reported environmental groups like the Sierra Club, the Humane Society, and the Audubon Society as “mainstream organizations with known or possible links to eco-terrorism.”

An intelligence bulletin, from a DHS-supported North Central Texas Fusion System, was distributed to over 100 different agencies. It described a “purported conspiracy between Muslim civil rights organizations, lobbying groups, the anti-war movement, a former U.S. Congresswoman, the U.S. Treasury Department, and hip hop bands to spread tolerance in the U.S.”

Once you unfortunately land on some kind of watchlist, it’s unlikely you will ever have your name removed. One example was a Kentucky minister who had never been arrested, had never been charged with a crime, and had never participated in a protest. During a sightseeing trip, he was detained and learned he was under federal scrutiny because, immediately after September 11, he ordered books over the Internet about the Islamic religion, like the Koran, to help his congregation better understand that faith.

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One Response to “America Land of the Free Surveillance”

  1. There is a way to establish good from bad and that does require Surveilance as well as The process of analyzing that same Surveilance. When people are forming patterns of radicalization aand begin with the process of becoming extremists their truw motives are captured by their words as well as their actions which speak volumes to the world of Intellignece. Analyzing that takes a pattern of sometimes quickly deploying or maintaining a gradualPlan of action that will tip US inthe best ways that Our National Security can Master. The History and patterns of Historical Radicalization are the guides we use to prevent Dusaster no matter whom it may concern, this has been Our best Plan for Thee History of Our World Today,z ande it still protects Us from almost all the Unknowns of Our world today. By The Grace of God and even He had some Spies of His Own Too.


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