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National Guard spy plane monitored racial justice protest in sleepy Sacramento suburb where Commander lives

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has acknowledged that the surveillance “should not have happened.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Residents of a Sacramento suburb were left scratching their heads and asking questions on Sunday…

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Real answers demanded after Barr dodges on government authority to aim ‘intrusive surveillance tools’ at protesters

“The public needs to know whether Attorney General Barr thinks President Trump can conduct mass surveillance of protesters without congressional authorization.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 An exchange about government spying powers between…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Policing The Conversation

How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance

When DHS redirects large, fixed-wing drones from the U.S.-Mexico border to monitor protests, and when towns experiment with using drones to test people for fevers, it’s time to think about how many eyes are in the…

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Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020. (Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency)
Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Investigations Op/Ed Policing Race for the White House 2020

Trump threat to unleash Secret Police in other US cities is scheme to ‘Steal the November election’

“The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20 Amid…

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Trump pledges to deploy Secret Police units to major US cities

‘Fascism Coming to a City Near You’ The president also praised federal agents for doing a “fantastic job” with a widely condemned crackdown on Portland, Oregon. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 20, 2020, 2PM…

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Unidentified federal officers detain a protester in Portland, Oregon on July 16, 2020. (Photo: Twitter/Screengrab)
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Trump condemned for authoritarian ‘Abuse of Power’ as Secret Federal Police snatch protesters off Portland streets. Video

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17, 2020 Oregon’s Democratic governor and other state…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke While we were looking elsewhere

We are all protesting in Hong Kong now

We need to follow the lead of our brothers and sisters in Hong Kong and make masks, hats, and even googles semi-standard wear for protests and demonstrations. by Wade Rathke Pearl River    The big reveal…

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