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Why the US can’t stop ISIS

Posted by Charles II on July 25, 2015

George Joseph, The Intercept, via bobswern at DK:

Exclusive: Feds Regularly Monitored Black Lives Matter Since Ferguson

July 24 2015, 12:50 p.m.

The Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since anti-police protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, according to hundreds of documents obtained by The Intercept through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The documents, released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination, indicate that the department frequently collects information, including location data, on Black Lives Matter activities from public social media accounts, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine, even for events expected to be peaceful. The reports confirm social media surveillance of the protest movement and ostensibly related events in the cities of Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York.

They also show the department watching over gatherings that seem benign and even mundane. For example, DHS circulated information on a nationwide series of silent vigils and a DHS-funded agency planned to monitor a funk music parade and a walk to end breast cancer in the nation’s capital.

When a government has to expend this much effort on repressing dissent by its citizens, it is unable to confront external threats. This is why dictatorships fail.


2 Responses to “Why the US can’t stop ISIS”

  1. Bad Wolf said

    A funk music parade?

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